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DEATH-BED VISIONS 


BY THE SAME AUTHOR 


PSYCHICAL RESEARCH 

ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE UNSEEN 

CREATIVE THOUGHT 

SWEDENBORG 

IN COLLABORATION WITH THEODORE 
BESTERMAN 


THE DIVINING ROD 


DEATH-BED 

VISIONS 

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SIR WILLIAM BARRETT, F.R.S. 


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CONTENTS 

CHAPTER 

editor’s preface 
i. introduction {,unfinished ) . 

II. VISIONS SEEN BY THE DYING OF 
PERSONS UNKNOWN BY THEM 
TO BE DEAD 

III. VISIONS SEEN BY THE DYING OF 

PERSONS KNOWN BY THEM TO 
BE DEAD, AND DEATH-BED 
VISIONS SEEN BY OTHERS 

IV. VISIONS SEEN BY THE DYING OF 

LIVING PERSONS AT A DISTANCE 
—IN SOME CASES RECIPROCAL 

V. MUSIC HEARD AT THE TIME OF 
DEATH BY THE DYING OR BY 
PERSONS PRESENT AT A DEATH¬ 
BED ..... 

VI. VISIONS OF THE SPIRIT OF A DYING 
PERSON LEAVING THE BODY . 


PAGE 

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EDITOR’S PREFACE 


'"T^HIS book is sent out to the public in an 
^ unfinished state. It will be seen that in 
the introduction the author has only sketched 
the line of discussion which he would have elab¬ 
orated, and even this outline is incomplete. 

The editor prefers, however, to leave un¬ 
touched both the introduction and the dis¬ 
cussion of cases, believing that by so doing 
the thought of the author will be more truly 
conveyed than would be the case were any 
elaboration undertaken by another hand- 
The outline was clearly unfinished, for several 
passages in the books of reference had been 
marked by him for discussion, and particularly 
paragraphs in Professor Bozzano’s recently 
published book, “ Phenomenes Psychiques au 
Moment de la Mort,” translated from Italian 
to French by C. de Vesme (Editions de la 
B.P.S., 8 Rue Copernic [16c], Paris), 1923. 

He was specially interested in Bozzano’s 
observation that if the phenomena were caused 
by the thoughts of the dying person being 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


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directed to those he loved, the appearances 
might be expected to represent living persons 
at least as frequently as deceased persons who 
had long passed from this world, whereas no 
records had come to hand of dying persons 
seeing at their bedside visions of friends still 
living. 

He would have liked to ask those who 
believe the visions to be the product of intense 
desire or thought to collect evidence in support 
of their theory, showing that desire for living 
friends may produce visions of them at the bed¬ 
side seen during moments of full consciousness. 

There are, no doubt, cases of so-called 
travelling clairvoyance (see Chapter IV), in 
which the dying persons, after a period of trance 
or unconsciousness , said they had seen living 
relatives at a distance; and there was in 
some instances reciprocal vision by the distant 
relative of the figure of the dying person— 
usually mistaken for a real appearance. This 
is clearly a very different type of phenomenon. 

Another point which the author had dis¬ 
cussed with friends was that in the cases of 
phantasms of the living collected by the 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


IX 


Society for Psychical Research it has usually 
been the person thinking, and not the one 
thought of, whose image was projected in vision. 

On this analogy, when a dying person sees 
the phantasm of one already deceased the 
initiative would appear to come from the 
thought of the latter, whose survival is thereby 
demonstrated. 

He was greatly impressed by a feature not 
uncommon at the death-beds of young children, 
viz., the description of the vision in terms not 
in keeping with ideas arising from their 
religious upbringing. He considered that in 
such circumstances the hallucination could 
hardly be ascribed to a mere flight of fancy. 

In arranging the groups of cases he gave the 
first place to those relating to visions of a 
deceased person whom the dying percipient 
did not know to be dead. A recent and 
striking experience was that of Mrs. B., the 
first narrative in Chapter II. He recognized 
that where the death was known to anybody 
present in the room an attempt might be made 
to stretch telepathy to cover the incident, but 
he maintained that such an explanation would 


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not account for the cases in this chapter, in 
which the percipient and the bystanders were 
equally unaware of the death. 

The author had given considerable time and 
thought to the subject, and looked forward to 
making the groups of cases as complete and 
representative as possible before publication. 
This, however, was not to be, for he himself, 
in the midst of active work, passed suddenly 
into “ that little-known country ” towards 
which his thought had so often taken wing. 

He was anxious to prove that even people 
who have been sceptical all their lives of any 
survival after death have sometimes given 
evidence that at the very end they knew there 
was an after life. 

He did not therefore choose material repre¬ 
senting visions seen only by believers in sur¬ 
vival of the soul, or by those with special 
psychic powers, but also visions seen by people 
with no belief in a future life (see cases at the 
end of Chapter III). 

He put each case fairly, without keeping 
weak points in the background, and he left 
it to the reader himself to consider how far 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


xi 


telepathy or some other mental attribute 
could be stretched to cover the circumstances. 
He expected impartial critics to realize that 
sometimes such an explanation would appear 
itself to involve a flight or extension of the soul 
incompatible with the material bounds of life. 

It is hoped that this little book, though it 
falls short of what the author contemplated, 
will to some extent carry out his plan and 
direct attention in this country to phenomena 
which seemed to him to deserve more study 
than they have received. 

The editor gratefully acknowledges the help 
given by Mr. Trethewy, in his careful reading 
of the manuscript, in preparation of the index 
and in many valuable suggestions. 

F. E. B. 

April ig 26 


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CHAPTER I 
INTRODUCTION 

I T is well known that there are many re¬ 
markable instances where a dying person, 
shortly before his or her transition from the 
earth, appears to see and recognize some 
deceased relatives or friends. We must, how¬ 
ever, remember the fact that hallucinations of 
the dying are not very infrequent. Neverthe¬ 
less, there are instances where the dying person 
was unaware of the previous death of the spirit 
form he sees, and is therefore astonished to 
find in the vision of his or her deceased relative 
one whom the percipient believes to be still 
on earth. These cases form, perhaps, one of 
the most cogent arguments for survival after 
death, as the evidential value and veridi¬ 
cal (truth telling) character of these Visions 
of the Dying is greatly enhanced when 
the fact is undeniably established that the 
dying person was wholly ignorant of the 
decease of the person he or she so vividly 
sees. 

With reference to these visions that eminent 

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physiologist of European fame, Prof. Richet, 
writes as follows : 

“ Facts of this kind are very important. They 
are much more explicable on the spiritist theory 
than by the hypothesis of mere cryptesthesia. 
Among all the facts adduced to prove survival, 
these seem to me to be the most disquieting (i.e. 
from a materialistic point of view). I have there¬ 
fore thought it a duty to be scrupulous in mention¬ 
ing them.” 

As is well known Prof. Richet does not 
believe in the existence of a soul, or of survival 
after death, and explains the evidence afforded 
by psychical research of a spiritual w r orld by 
his theory of cryptesthesia, by which he means 
the perception of things or beings, by some 
sensory organ at present unknown to science, 
a faculty not possessed by every one, but, in 
my opinion, conclusively established to exist 
in certain individuals. These sensitives are 
to be found in all countries, in both sexes, and 
may be old or young, rich or poor, educated or 
ignorant. This faculty of clairvoyance—this 
vision of persons or things invisible to normal 
eyesight—may occur when the sensitive is 
quite conscious, but is more often observed in 
the trance condition, especially when this is 
induced by deep hypnosis—the “ mesmeric 
trance ” as it used to be called. 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


8 


The older mesmerists employed the word 
“ lucidity/’ or “ travelling clairvoyance/’ for 
the perception of things at a distance. The 
term clairvoyance is, however, ambiguous, for 
it is now used in two different senses, namely, 
either for: 

(a) The perception of hidden material 

objects remote from the sensitive, such 
as underground water ; or 

(b) For the perception by the sensitive of 

immaterial objects, such as apparitions 
of deceased persons. 

To avoid this confusion Myers suggested the 
term “ telesthesia ” instead of clairvoyance 
for the perception of material things. Tele¬ 
sthesia he defines as the sensation or perception 
of objects or conditions independently of the 
recognized channels of sense, and also inde¬ 
pendently of any possible telepathic communi- 
tion as the source of the knowledge thus 
gained. Hence the term telesthesia would be 
inapplicable to apparitions of the dead or 
visions of the dying; whereas Richet would 
include both of these, as well as the vision of 
hidden material things, under his word “ cryp- 
testhesia,” which appears to have the same 
connotation as the familiar word clairvoyance, 
and therefore it labours under the same am¬ 
biguity as that word. 




DEATH-BED VISIONS 


Other terms for clairvoyance have been 
suggested ; in America Mr. Henry Holt uses 
the word “ telopsis,” and Dr. Heysinger the 
word “ telecognosis ” ; but these terms could 
hardly be applied to apparitions or visions of 
the dying, which appear near to, and not far 
from, the sensitive. 

Miss Cobbe in her “ Peak in Darien ” makes 
some interesting remarks on the subject of 
Visions of the Dying. She states : 

" The dying person is lying quietly, when sud¬ 
denly, in the very act of expiring, he looks up—• 
sometimes starts up in bed—and gazes on (what 
appears to be) vacancy, with an expression of 
astonishment, sometimes developing instantly into 
joy, and sometimes cut short in the first emotion 
of solemn wonder and awe. If the dying man were 
to see some utterly-unexpected but instantly- 
recognized vision, causing him a great surprise, or 
rapturous joy, his face could not better reveal the 
fact. The very instant this phenomenon occurs, 
Death is actually taking place, and the eyes glaze 
even while they gaze at the unknown sight.” 

As regards the general subject of Visions of 
the Dying, Mr. Myers has some interesting 
remarks in “ Phantasms of the Living.” He 
states that in his view such an occurrence 
“ must probably often take place though it 
can seldom leave any record behind it. For 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


5 


here we have an account of that side only of a 
reciprocal incident which is usually lost to 
human knowledge altogether : I mean of the 
supernormal percipience of a man in the very 
article of death ; wdiile there is no record of 
any corresponding sound or vision as ex¬ 
perienced by those to whom he seemed to 
pay his visit of farewell. 1 

There are, however, several cases on record 
where the vision of those who have passed 
over is shared by friends at the bedside of the 
dying person. Instances of these wall be 
given in a later chapter. 

In considering the value of evidence for 
supernormal phenomena the importance of 
the cumulative character of the evidence must 
be taken into account. It is the undesigned 
coincidence of witnesses who have had no 
communication with each other that consti¬ 
tutes its value taken as a whole, whilst a single 
case may be doubtful or disproved, just as a 
single stick may be broken but a f aggot may defy 
ail our attempts at breaking a bundle of sticks. 

On this point Archbishop Whately has some 
admirable remarks on the value of testimony. 
He states : 

“ It is evident that when many coincide in their 
testimony (where no previous concert can have 

1 “ Phantasms of the Living,” Vol. II, p. 305. 


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taken place), the probability resulting from this 
concurrence does not rest on the supposed veracity 
of each considered separately, but on the improba¬ 
bility of such an agreement taking place by chance. 
For though in such a case each of the witnesses 
should be considered as unworthy of credit, and 
even much more likely to speak falsehood than 
truth, still the chances would be infinite against 
their all agreeing in the same falsehood.’’ 1 

About fifty years ago the learned incumbent 
of a church in Birmingham, the Rev. J. S. 
Pollock, published a collection of cases of 
supernormal phenomena under the curious 
title of “ Dead and Gone.” Although some five 
hundred cases are quoted, taken from various 
sources, no attempt has been made at the in¬ 
vestigation of any single case, so that the book 
as a whole has little evidential value. 

Here I may quote some suggestive remarks 
made by Mrs. Henry Sidgwick soon after the 
foundation of the Society for Psychical Re¬ 
search, and published in the “ Proceedings ” 
for 1885 (p. 69) : 

<f Most of those to whom this paper is addressed 
probably belong to some Christian denomination, 
and to them the continued existence of the soul 
after death is, of course, no new theory invented to 
account for such phenomena as we are discussing, 

1 See Whately's “ Rhetoric,” Chapter I. 



DEATH-BED VISIONS 


7 


or requiring such phenomena to support it. But 
few will have any difficulty in agreeing with me 
that (i) the possibility of receiving [visions of or] 
communications from the dead, here and now, 
would not follow as a necessary consequence from 
the immortality of the soul; (2) that if communi¬ 
cation of what I may call an objective kind— 
distinguishable, I mean, from our own thoughts 
and emotions—is possible to all those of the de¬ 
parted who desire it, we should naturally expect it 
to occur more frequently than the most sanguine 
can suppose that it actually does ; and (3) that its 
possibility, while not in contradiction with any of 
the known facts of physical science, is certainly not 
supported, or in any way suggested, by any of 
these facts. However firmly, therefore, we may 
believe in the continued existence of dead human 
beings, we cannot regard the supposition of their 
action on the minds of the living as if it were 
merely the reference of an effect to a vera causa 
known to be adequate to produce it. We must 
treat it as we should treat the hypothesis—in any 
department of physical investigation—of an 
entirely new agent, for the existence of which we 
have no evidence outside the phenomenon which 
it is introduced to explain. If this be so, it will, 
I think, be admitted that we should be violating 
an established rule of scientific method if we intro¬ 
duced such a hypothesis except in the last resort, 
when all other modes of explanation seem clearly 
to fail. 

“ Exactly at what point of improbability this 


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failure of other explanations is to be regarded as 
established, cannot, I think, be defined—at any 
rate, I feel quite unable to define it. But I may 
perhaps say that, in my opinion, it is a point which 
can hardly be reached in the case of any narrative 
of a single event considered by itself: if we had 
only a single ghost-story to deal with, I can hardly 
conceive the kind or amount of evidence which 
would lead me to prefer the hypothesis of ghostly 
agency to all other possible explanations. The 
existence, therefore, of phantasms of the dead can 
only be established, if at all, by the accumulation 
of improbabilities in which we become involved by 
rejecting a large mass of apparently strong testi¬ 
mony to facts which, as recounted, would seem to 
admit of no other satisfactory explanation ; and in 
testing the value of this testimony we are bound, I 
think, to strain to the utmost all possible supposi¬ 
tions of recognized causes, before we can regard the 
narrative in question as even tending to prove the 
operation of this novel agency.'' 

On the other hand, every scientific society 
ought to have as its motto the opinion ex¬ 
pressed by Sir John Herschel in his discourse 
on “ Natural Philosophy ” (p. 127), “ that the 
perfect observer . . . will have his eyes as it 
were opened that they may be struck at once 
with any occurrence which, according to 
received theories, ought not to happen ; for 
these are the facts which serve as clues to 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


9 


new discoveries.” Unfortunately, as Goethe 
remarked in one of his conversations with 
Eckermann, “ in the sciences ... if anyone 
advances anything new . . . people resist with 
all their might; they speak of the new view 
with contempt, as if it were not worth the 
trouble of even so much as an investigation or 
a regard ; and thus a new truth may wait a 
long time before it can win its way." 



CHAPTER II 


VISIONS SEEN BY THE DYING OF PERSONS 
BY THEM UNKNOWN TO BE DEAD 

T HE evidence of Visions of the Dying, when 
they appear to see and recognize some of 
their relatives of whose decease they were 
unaware, affords perhaps one of the strongest 
arguments in favour of survival. Even Prof. 
Richet regards this evidence as impossible to 
explain by cryptesthesia. I have given some 
striking instances of these visions of the dying 
in my book “ On the Threshold of the Unseen/' 
and other cases will be found in the “ Pro¬ 
ceedings" of our Society. 

A recent case of the kind was related to me by 
Lady Barrett, which occurred when she was 
in attendance on a patient in the Mothers' 
Hospital, at Clapton, of which she is one of 
the Obstretie Surgeons. 

Lady Barrett received an urgent message 
from the Resident Medical Officer, Dr. Phillips, 
to come to a patient, Mrs. B., who was in 
labour and suffering from serious heart failure. 
Lady Barrett w T ent at once, and the child was 
delivered safely, though the mother w r as dying 
at the time. After seeing other patients Lady 
Barrett went back to Mrs. B/s ward, and the 


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following conversation occurred which was 
written down, soon afterwards. Lady Barrett 
says : 

“ When I entered the ward Mrs. B. held out her 
hands to me and said, ' Thank you, thank you for 
what you have done for me—for bringing the baby. 
Is it a boy or girl ? ’ Then holding my hand 
tightly, she said, * Don’t leave me, don’t go away, 
will you ? ' And after a few minutes, while the 
House Surgeon carried out some restorative 
measures, she lay looking up towards the open 
part of the room, which was brightly lighted, and 
said, ‘ Oh, don’t let it get dark—it’s getting so 
dark . . . darker and darker.’ Her husband and 
mother were sent for. 

“ Suddenly she looked eagerly towards one part 
of the room, a radiant smile illuminating her whole 
countenance. ‘ Oh, lovely, lovely,’ she said. I 
asked, ‘ What is lovely ? ’ ' What I see* she 

replied in low, intense tones. ‘ What do you see ? ’ 
‘ Lovely brightness—wonderful beings.’ It is 
difficult to describe the sense of reality conveyed 
by her intense absorption in the vision. 

“ Then—seeming to focus her attention more 
intently on one place for a moment—she exclaimed, 
almost with a kind of joyous cry, ‘ Why, it’s 
Father ! Oh, he’s so glad I’m coming ; he is so 
glad. It would be perfect if only W. (her husband) 
could come too/ 

" Her baby was brought for her to see. She 
looked at it with interest, and then said, ‘ Do you 


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think I ought to stay for baby’s sake ? ' Then 
turning towards the vision again, she said, * I can’t 
—I can’t stay; if you could see what I do, you 
would know I can’t stay.’ 

“ But she turned to her husband, who had come 
in, and said, ‘ You won’t let baby go to a lyone who 
won't love him, will you ? ’ Then she gently 
pushed him to one side, saying, ‘ Let me see the 
lovely brightness.' 

" I left shortly after, and the Matron took my 
place by the bedside. She lived for another hour, 
and appeared to have retained to the last the 
double consciousness of the bright forms she saw, 
and also of those tending her at the bedside, e.g. she 
arranged with the Matron that her premature baby 
should remain in hospital till it was strong enough 
to be cared for in an ordinary household. 

“ (Signed) Florence E. Barrett " 

Dr. Phillips, who was present, after reading 
the above notes writes to me saying that she 
“ fully agrees with Lady Barrett’s account.” 

The most important evidence is however 
given by the Matron of the Hospital, who has 
sent the following account: 

“ I was present shortly before the death of Mrs. 
B., together with her husband and her mother. 
Her husband was leaning over her and speaking to 
her, when pushing him aside 1 she said, ' Oh, don’t 

1 This is not the incident mentioned by Lady Barrett, 
but a later incident of the same kind. 



DEATH-BED VISIONS 


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hide it; it’s so beautiful.’ Then turning away 
from him towards me, I being on the other side of 
the bed, Mrs. B. said, ‘ Oh, why there’s Vida,’ 
referring to a sister of whose death three weeks 
previously she had not been told. Afterwards the 
mother, who was present at the time, told me, as 
I have said, that Vida was the name of a dead sister 
of Mrs. B.’s, of whose illness and death she was 
quite ignorant, as they had carefully kept this news 
from Mrs. B. owing to her serious illness. 

" (Signed) Miriam Castle 

“ Matron ” 

I asked Dr. Phillips to try and obtain the 
independent report of Mrs. B.’s mother, who, 
as the Matron stated, was also present at the 
time. This was kindly done, and I have re¬ 
ceived the following interesting and informative 
letter from Mrs. Clark (Mrs. B.’s mother) : 

Highbury, N. 5. 

“ I have heard you are interested in the beautiful 
passing of my dear daughter’s spirit from this earth 
on the 12th day of January, 1924. 

" The wonderful part of it is the history of the 
death of my dear daughter, Vida, who had been an 
invalid some years. Her death took place on the 
25th day of Dec., 1923, just 2 weeks and 4 days 
before her younger sister, Doris, died. My 
daughter Doris, Mrs. B., was very ill at that time, 
and the Matron at the Mothers’ Hospital deemed 
it unwise for Mrs. B. to know of her sister’s death. 




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Therefore when visiting her we put off our mourn¬ 
ing and visited her as usual. All her letters were 
also kept by request until her husband had seen 
who they might be from before letting her see them. 
This precaution was taken lest outside friends 
might possibly allude to the recent bereavement in 
writing to her, unaware of the very dangerous 
state of her health. 

“ When my dear child was sinking rapidly, at 
first she said, ‘ It is all so dark ; I cannot see/ A 
few seconds after a beautiful radiance lit up her 
countenance ; I know now it was the light of 
Heaven, and it was most beautiful to behold. My 
dear child said, ‘ Oh, it is lovely and bright; you 
cannot see as I can/ She fixed her eyes on one 
particular spot in the ward, saying, ‘ Oh, God, for¬ 
give me for anything I have done wrong/ After 
that she said, ' I can see Father ; he wants me, he 
is so lonely/ She spoke to her father, saying, ‘ I 
am coming/ turning at the same time to look at 
me, saying, ‘ Oh, he is so near/ On looking at the 
same place again, she said with rather a puzzled 
expression, ' He has Vida with him/ turning again 
to me saying f Vida is with him/ Then she said, 

* You do want me, Dad ; I am coming/ Then a 
very few parting words or sighs were expressed— 
nothing very definite or clear. With great diffi¬ 
culty and a very hard strain she asked to see ‘ the 
man who married us ' : this was to her husband, 
who was standing on the opposite side of the bed. 
His name she could not say; it was the Rev. 
Maurice Davis, of All Saints, Haggerston, E., and 




DEATH-BED VISIONS 


15 


he was sent for. 1 He had known my dear child 
for some years, and was so impressed by the vision 
that he quoted it in his ‘ Parish Magazine ’ for 
February last. 

" Yours respectfully 

“ (Signed) Mary C. Clark ” 

Before passing on to other cases it is desirable 
to discuss somewhat in detail the foregoing 
case. The vision seen by the dying woman, 
Mrs. B., was obviously not due to her normal 
sight, otherwise the figures would have been 
seen by others present in the room; the 
appearance therefore was not due to any 
ordinary material objects, nor is it likely to 
have been due to some illusion, that is to say, 
the misinterpretation of some object actually 
present to sight—as when a dressing-gown is 
mistaken for a woman—for not only was there 
nothing in the room to suggest such an illusion, 
but she recognized both her deceased father 
and sister, moreover she was quite unaware of 
the death of the latter. A more probable 
explanation is that it was an hallucination, 
which may be defined as “ a sensory perception 
which has no objective counterpart within 
the field of vision.” The question therefore 
becomes whether it was merely a delusive 

1 He came, but Mrs. B. had then become incapable of 
speech though still alive. 





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hallucination, when there is nothing whatever 
to which it corresponds, or a veridical hallu¬ 
cination—corresponding to some real event, 
which was invisible to normal eyesight. This 
must not be confused with a delusion, which 
applies to cases where there is no corresponding 
reality. There are many well-known cases of 
vivid illusions of sight which sometimes accom¬ 
pany the oncoming of sleep, as when a dream 
figure persists for a short time, or when faces 
in the dark are vividly seen by certain persons ; 
these illusions are termed hypnagogic. Exter¬ 
nalized impressions of this kind are the frequent 
source of imaginary apparitions, such as occur 
to nervous people walking through lonely 
places at night time. To many of my readers 
this commonsense explanation will appear to 
be the origin of the vision of the dying which 
we have just related, the whole matter being 
dismissed as a mere coincidence. If this case 
stood alone this would be the probable explana¬ 
tion ; it will however be seen that mere chance 
coincidence cannot apply to the numerous 
cases which will be recited later on. Another 
explanation is the creation of hallucination in 
the percipient by some transference of thought 
or telepathic influence from those around the 
bedside. In the case just recited however this 
explanation fails for Lady Barrett and Dr. 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


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Phillips knew nothing about the decease of the 
percipient’s father, when the latter looking 
steadily at one place, said, “ Why, it’s Father. 
Oh, he’s so glad I’m coming.” Nor was her 
husband present at the time. Moreover the 
sceptical reader is likely to deny the existence 
of telepathy and would reject any explanation 
based upon that ground. 

The next case has reached me from America 
and is a well authenticated instance on the 
authority of a distinguished man, Dr. Minot J. 
Savage, with whom I was acquainted. Dr. 
Minot Savage was for many years a valued 
member of our S.P.R., he died in 1920. Dr. 
Hyslop 1 has recorded the following case in one 

1 As some of my readers may not be acquainted with 
Dr. Hyslop’s name, I may mention that he was for some 
years the Professor of Ethics and Logic in Columbia 
University, New York. He studied for some years in 
Germany, where he took his Ph.D. and was also an LL.D. 
He was at first a sceptic and severe critic of psychical 
research, but afterwards became convinced of the im¬ 
portance of the subject, and resigned his university chair 
and all its emoluments to devote the rest of his life to the 
investigation of psychical phenomena. His zeal and 
energy and acumen were remarkable, in fact he sacrificed 
his life through the incessant labour involved in his duties 
as treasurer, hon. secretary and research officer of the 
American S.P.R. His literary output was enormous ; 
he seemed to live and move and have his being in psychical 
research to the exclusion of almost every other subject. 
He spent some time with me in Ireland, and gave a learned 
address to the recently founded Dublin Section of the 
S.P.R. He died in 1920. 






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of his books 1 and remarks : “ Dr. Savage told 
me personally of the facts and gave me the 
names and addresses of the persons on whose 
authority he tells the incidents/’ which Dr. 
Savage narrates, as follows : 

"In a neighbouring city were two little girls* 
Jennie and Edith, one about eight years of age and 
the other but a little older. They were school¬ 
mates and intimate friends. In June, 1889, both 
were taken ill of diphtheria. At noon on Wednes¬ 
day Jennie died. Then the parents of Edith, and 
her physician as well, took particular pains to keep 
from her the fact that her little playmate was gone. 
They feared the effect of the knowledge on her own 
condition. To prove that they succeeded and that 
she did not know, it may be mentioned that on 
Saturday, June 8th, at noon, just before she 
became unconscious of all that was passing about 
her, she selected two of her photographs to be sent 
to Jennie, and also told her attendants to bid her 
good-bye. 

“ She died at half-past six o’clock on the evening 
of Saturday, June 8th. She had roused and bidden 
her friends good-bye, and was talking of dying, and 
seemed to have no fear. She appeared to see one 
and another of the friends she knew were dead. 
So far it was like other similar cases. But now 
suddenly, and with every appearance of surprise, 
she turned to her father and exclaimed, ‘ Why, 

1 “ Psychical Research and the Resurrection " (Boston# 
U.S.A.), 1908, p. 88. 


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papa, I am going to take Jennie with me ! ’ Then 
she added, * Why, papa ! you did not tell me that 
Jennie was here ! ’ And immediately she reached 
out her arms as if in welcome, and said, ‘ Oh, 
Jennie, I’m so glad you are here ! ' ” 

In connexion with this case Dr. Savage 
remarks that it is difficult to account for the 
incident by any ordinary theory of hallucina¬ 
tion. If this vision were a solitary case, a 
mere casual coincidence might perhaps account 
for it, but as it is only one of a considerable 
group of similar cases an explanation of chance 
coincidence becomes incredible. My readers 
will doubtless agree with Dr. Savage’s remark, 
as they peruse the other cases narrated in this 
volume. 

The following case 1 was given in a paper 
contributed to the S.P.R. by Mr. Edmund 
Guruey and Mr. F. W. H. Myers. 2 It was 
received by them through the Rev. C. J. 
Taylor. The narrator, who does not wish his 
name published, was the Vicar of H-: 

" On November 2nd and 3rd, 1870 ,1 lost my two 
eldest boys, David Edward and Harry, from scarlet 
fever, they being then three and four years old 
respectively. 

1 This case and the next one are quoted from pp. 99 
and 100 respectively of the same book as the last. See 
footnote p. 18. 

2 “ Proceedings S.P.R.,” Vol. V, p. 459. 



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“ Harry died at Abbot’s Langley on November 
2nd, fourteen miles from my vicarage at Aspley, 
David the following day at Aspley. About an hour 
before the death of this latter child he sat up in 
bed, and pointing to the bottom of the bed said 
distinctly, ‘ There is little Harry calling to me.’ 
Of the truth of this fact I am sure, and it was heard 
also by the nurse. 

" (Signed) X.Z., Vicar of H-” 

In letters and conversations with Mr. Pod- 
more, Mr. Taylor adds the following details : 
“ Mr. Z. [the Vicar] tells me that care was taken 
to keep David from knowing that Harry was 
dead, and that he feels sure that David did 
not know it. Mr. Z. was himself present and 
heard what the boy said. The boy was not 
delirious at the time. ,, 

The next case was communicated to the 
S.P.R. 1 by the Rev. J. A. Macdonald, who has 
for some years been a useful helper to the 
Society in the careful collection of evidence. 
Mr. Macdonald received it at first hand from 
Miss Ogle, who was the sister of the percipient. 
She writes as follows : 

“ My brother, John Alkin Ogle, died at Leeds, 
July 17th, 1879. About an hour before he expired 
he saw his brother—who had died about sixteen 
years before—and John, looking up with fixed 

1 See “ Proceedings S.P.R.,” Vol. V, p. 460. 



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interest, said, ‘ Joe ! Joe ! ’ and immediately after 
exclaimed with ardent surprise, ‘ George Hanley ! ’ 
My mother, who had come from Melbourne, a dis¬ 
tance of about forty miles, where George Hanley 
resided, was astonished at this, and said, ‘ How 
strange he should see George Hanley ; he died only 
ten days ago.’ Then turning to my sister-in-law 
she asked if anybody had told John of George 
Hanley's death ; she said * No one/ My mother 
was the only person present who was aware of the 
fact. I was present and witnessed this. 

“ (Signed) Harriet H. Ogle ” 

In answer to inquiries, Miss Ogle states : 

“ J. A. Ogle was neither delirious nor uncon¬ 
scious when he uttered the words recorded. 
George Hanley was an acquaintance of John A. 
Ogle, not a particularly familiar friend. The death 
of Hanley was not mentioned in his hearing.” 

The “ Revue Spirite ” for December, 1924, 
contains the following interesting case : 

” The Review ‘ Verdade e Luz ’ of San Paolo, 
Brazil, in its number of September, 1924, has 
remarks on the striking incident of which the dying 
Adamina Lazaro was the heroine. 

“ A few hours before her death, the patient said 
to her father that she saw near her bed several 
members of the family, all deceased some years 
previously. The father attributed this declaration 
in extremis to a state of delirium, but Adamina 


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insisted with renewed force, and among the 
invisible ‘ visitors * named her own brother, 
Alfredo, who was employed at the time at a dis¬ 
tance of 423 kilometres, on the lighthouse of the 
port of Sisal. 

“ The father was more and more convinced of 
the imaginary nature of these visions, well knowing 
that his son Alfredo was in perfect health, for a 
few days previously he had sent the best possible 
news of himself. 

" Adamina died the same evening, and the next 
morning her father received a telegram informing 
him of the death of the young Alfredo. A com¬ 
parison of times showed that the dying girl was 
still living at the time of the death of her 
brother/* 

I am indebted to Mr. C. J. Hans Hamilton 
for the following case, which he translated from 
the Review “ Psychica ,,;L of 1921. It was 
contributed by M. Warcollier, of the Institut 
Metapsychique, Paris, who says : 

“ My uncle, M. Paul Durocq, left Paris in 1893 
for a trip to America, with my aunt and other 
members of the family. While they were at 
Venezuela my uncle was seized with yellow fever, 
and he died at Caracas on the 24th June, 1894. 

" Just before his death, and while surrounded by 
all his family, he had a prolonged delirium, during 
which he called out the names of certain friends left 


1 Published in France. 




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in France, and whom he seemed to see. * Well, 
well, you too—, and you- , you as well! * 

“ Although struck by this incident, nobody 
attached any extraordinary importance to these 
words at the time they were uttered, but they 
acquired later on exceptional importance when the 
family found, on their return to Paris, the funeral 
invitation cards of the persons named by my uncle 
before his death, and who had died before him. 
It is only recently that I have been able to collect 
the testimony of the only two survivors of this 
event, my cousins Germaine and Maurice Durocq.” 

Germaine Durocq writes, as follows : 

“You ask me details of the death of my poor 
father. I well remember him as he lay dying, 
though it is many years ago. The thing which 
probably interests you is that he told us of having 
seen some persons in heaven and of having spoken 
to them at some length. We were much astonished 
on returning to France to find the funeral cards of 
those same persons whom he had seen when dying. 
Maurice, who was older than I was, could give you 
more details on this subject.” 

Maurice Durocq writes : 

“ Concerning what you ask me with regard to 
the death of my father, which occurred a good 
many years ago, I recall that a few moments 
before his death my father called the name of one 
of his old companions—M. Etcheverry—with whom 



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he had not kept up any connexion, even by corre¬ 
spondence, for a long time past, crying out, ‘ Ah ! 
you too/ or some similar phrase. It was only on 
returning home to Paris that we found the funeral 
card of this gentleman. Perhaps my father may 
have mentioned other names as well, but I do not 
remember/ * 

Mr. Hans Hamilton, who translated and sent 
the above incident to me comments on it as 
follows : “ The date of the deaths of the 
persons seen by M. Durocq when dying, should 
have been verified at the time of the return of 
the family to Paris, since we have otherwise no 
certainty that they died before M. Durocq. 
However, the whole of the story makes it more 
than probable that this point would not have 
been overlooked by the family; and M. War- 
collier states in his own account that the 
persons in question were deceased at the time 
of the apparitions/’ 

The following incident was sent to the 
" Spectator ” by “ H. Wedgwood ” in 1882. 
He says : 

“ Between forty and fifty years ago a young girl, 
a near connexion of mine, was dying of consump¬ 
tion. She had lain for some days in a prostrate 
condition taking no notice of anything, when she 
opened her eyes, and looking upwards, said slowly, 

* Susan—and Jane—and Ellen/ as if recognizing 


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the presence of her three sisters, who had pre¬ 
viously died of the same disease. Then after a 
short pause she continued, ‘ and Edward too ! *— 
naming a brother then supposed to be alive and 
well in India—as if surprised at seeing him in the 
company. She said no more, and sank shortly 
afterwards. In the course of the post, letters came 
from India announcing the death of Edward, from 
an accident a week or two previous to the death of 
his sister. 

“ This was told to me by an elder sister who 
nursed the dying girl, and was present at her bed¬ 
side at the time of the apparent vision.’’ 1 

Miss Frances Power Cobbe, Authoress of 
“ The Peak in Darien,” recites an incident of a 
very striking character as having occurred in 
a family united very closely by affection : 

“ A dying lady, exhibiting the aspect of joyful 
surprise, spoke of seeing, one after another, three 
of her brothers who had been long dead, and then 
apparently recognized last of all a fourth brother, 
who was believed by the bystanders to be still 
living in India. The coupling of his name with 
that of his dead brothers excited such awe and 
horror in the mind of one of the persons present 
that she rushed from the room. In due course of 
time letters were received announcing the death of 
the brother in India, which had occurred some time 
before his dying sister seemed to recognize him.” 2 

1 See R. Pike’s “ Life’s Borderland and Beyond,” p. 29. 

2 Ibid., p. 18. 


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Dr. E. H. Plumptre (the Dean of Wells), 
writing to the “ Spectator,” August 26, 1882, 
remarks : 

“ The mother of one of the foremost thinkers and 
theologians of our time was lying on her death-bed 
in the April of 1854. She had been for some days 
in a state of almost complete unconsciousness. A 
short time before her death, the words came from 
her lips, ‘ There they are, all of them—William and 
Elizabeth, and Emma and Anne ' ; then, after a 
pause, ‘ and Priscilla too/ William was a son who 
had died in infancy, and whose name had never 
for years passed the mother’s lips. Priscilla had 
died two days before, but her death, though known 
to the family, had not been reported to her.” 1 

In connexion with the subject of this chapter 
the case of Mrs. Z. in Chapter V, p. 102, should 
also be read. 


1 See R. Pike's “ Life’s Borderland and Beyond,” p. 15. 


CHAPTER III 


VISIONS SEEN BY THE DYING OF PERSONS 
KNOWN BY THEM TO BE DEAD, AND DEATH¬ 
BED VISIONS SEEN BY OTHERS 

“ I believe no soul is left to wing its viewless flight 
to Paradise in solitude. I believe the ‘ Gloria in 
Excelsis ’ of the shining host of God welcomes the 
disembodied spirit upon the confines of the new 
world. I remember hearing once of a little dying 
child shrinking timidly from the idea of going alone ; 
but just before the end there came a spirit of sublime 
confidence, a supernatural opening of vision, a 
recognition of some companionship, and the little 
one cried out: * I am not afraid ; they are all 

here/ ... I believe the chamber of the dying is 
filled with the holy angels/’ 


Basil Wilberforce 



HERE are a great many records authenti- 


-*■ cated by those who have attended the last 
moments of a dying friend or patient, wherein 
shortly before death an ecstatic vision seems to 
have been granted to the dying person, whose 
fa celights up with joy and apparent recognition 
of some relative before he passes into the Unseen. 
It is needless to quote a great number of cases, 
as doubtless many of my readers will be 
familiar with instances. Such cases are not 
confined to one country or one nation, but they 



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appear to be more or less common all over the 
world. Here for instance is a case which . 
occurred amongst the Cree Indians of Sas¬ 
katchewan : 

The Assistant Matron of the Ahtahkakoops 
Indian Hospital, Sandy Lake Reserve, Sas¬ 
katchewan, Canada, writes to me on January 
28, 1925, about a patient in the hospital, as 
follows : 

“ He was a Cree Indian lad, about 20 years of 
age, son of Chief Papewyn, of a neighbouring 
Reserve. He was in the last stage of phthisis and 
had been brought here to be cared for till the finish. 
He was placed in a wigwam about a 100 yards 
distant. 

“ At last the supreme day arrived. It was 
evening and I was with him. He was lying quietly 
in his bed when suddenly he sat up, stretched forth 
his arms with a yearning gesture, while an ecstatic 
smile broke over his face. It was not simply a 
smile of pleasure, but something far beyond it. 
The veil was lifted, and no one who was looking on 
could fail to realize that it was a glorious vision 
that met his gaze. He then lay back in his bed, 
looked at me with a smile, and passed away. He 
had been calm and collected during the day, there 
was no delirium ; it was an unclouded glimpse of 
that higher life into which he was just entering. 

“ (Signed) R. Hutchinson 

" Assistant Matron ” 


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Some interesting cases of visions seen by 
dying persons are given in a little book by 
Mrs. Joy Snell, 1 who was a nurse in a large 
hospital, and the cases she narrates are her own 
personal experiences, and not narratives re¬ 
lated at second-hand. Mrs. Snell seems to be 
a careful and conscientious recorder, and she 
has kindly furnished me with the names and 
other particulars of the cases given anon¬ 
ymously in her book. 

I quote below a few of these cases as given 
by her: 

“ I recall the death of a woman (Mrs. Brown, 
aged 36) who was the victim of that most dreadful 
disease, malignant cancer. Her sufferings were 
excruciating, and she prayed earnestly that death 
might speedily come to her and end her agony. 
Suddenly her sufferings appeared to cease ; the 
expression of her face, which a moment before had 
been distorted by pain, changed to one of radiant 
joy. Gazing upwards, with a glad light in her eyes, 
she raised her hands and exclaimed, ‘ Oh, mother 
dear, you have come to take me home. I am so 
glad ! ' And in another moment her physical life 
had ceased. 

“ The memory of another death which occurred 
about the same time comes back to me. It was 
that of an old soldier (Mr. Auchterlonie, aged 59) 
who was in the last stages of tuberculosis brought 


1 “ The Ministry of Angels." 


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on by exposure while fighting his country’s battles. 
He was brave and patient but had frequent 
paroxysms of pain that were almost unendurable, 
and he longed for the relief which he knew death 
alone could bring him. One of these spasms had 
seized upon him, and his features were convulsed 
with agony as he fought for breath, when he sud¬ 
denly grew calm. A smile lit up his face, and 
looking upwards he exclaimed, with a ring of joy 
in his voice, ‘ Marion, my daughter ! ’ Then the 
end came. His brother and sister were at the bed¬ 
side. The sister said to the brother, ' He saw 
Marion, his favourite daughter. She came and 
took him where he will suffer no more.’ And she 
added fervently, ‘ Thank God ! he has found rest 
at last.’ ” 

In Chapter VI other cases related by Mrs. 
Snell will be found. 

Miss R. Canton, of Garway Road, London, 
W., sends me the following case, which I quote 
in her own words, as follows : 

“ Some years ago I went to see a cousin of mine 
at Acton, who was very ill, and I was told by her 
sister that on the previous evening as she sat down 
on a chair by the bedside, the invalid exclaimed, 
‘ Oh, don’t J— ! Oh, you have sent Mother away, 
she was sitting there ! ’ and she continued to seem 
much distressed. My aunt had died some years 
previously. The dying girl told me about this 
herself when we were alone.” 


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81 


The following is a case of Vision of the 
Dying, translated from “ La Revue Spirite ” 
for January, 1925. 

“ Mr. A. R. Besancon writes as follows : 

" ' At the commencement of February, 1915, at 

M-, when I was only ten years old, I had the 

grief of losing my mother. Her death was accom¬ 
panied by circumstances which I take the liberty 
of relating. My mother was attended by my 
grandmother during her illness. One night the 
latter was surprised at hearing my mother, who 
was sleeping in the next room, pronounce certain 
sentences, among others this :—“ Marie, I can see 
you at last, I am glad you have come. Help me/' 
(Marie was my sister who died a few years before 
this.) Grandmother thought it was a dream ; she 
rose and approached my mother’s bed, and to her 
great surprise she found her in a perfectly normal 
state. My mother even told her the satisfaction 
she had had in seeing her daughter. Later on in 
the night the “ conversation ” was resumed, but 
we paid no further attention. But on the next 
morning, Mother was no more. 

“ * Moreover, during the same night, one of my 
aunts who lived in the neighbouring village of 

V-, had the clear impression of seeing mother. 

<£ She passed,” she said to me the following day, 
“ beside my bed without speaking, then went to 
embrace my two daughters and disappeared.” 
Such are the facts.’ ” 

The following case is quoted from Mr. 




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Richard Pike’s “ Life’s Borderland and 
Beyond ” (p. 46) : 

“ In the summer of 1883, a young man named 
Giles, of Nottingham, had the misfortune to lose 
several children after long and painful periods of 
illness. The two eldest, Fred and Annie, aged 
respectively seven and eight, had died and been 
buried for some weeks when his little boy of four 
years old showed symptoms of approaching death. 

“ The father and mother were constantly by his 
side, as will be readily believed, to mitigate the 
little fellow’s sufferings as much as possible. On 
the night when he died the father came to his bed¬ 
side with the customary medicine, when the little 
boy, sitting upright in bed, cried out : * There’s 
Fred and Annie.’ ‘ Where, my boy ? ’ asked the 
father. ‘ Don’t you see them there—there ? ’ said 
the lad, pointing to the wall, ‘ they’re waiting for 
me to go to them,’ and the next minute the little 
sufferer fell back on the pillow dead. It should be 
mentioned that the father saw nothing of the 
apparition to which his dying boy so vividly 
pointed, but he quite believes its reality.” 

Mrs. Kinloch, of Boundary Road, St. John’s 
Wood, N.W., sends me instances of Visions of 
the Dying, which had been told her, and which 
I quote in her words : 

“ My sister—who has recently passed over—who 
was with our mother when she died, told me that 
on the day before her death she suddenly called 


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out, ‘ Oh, look at your father over there,’ and 
pointed to a corner of the room, but my sister could 
see nothing. 

“ A poor woman whom I knew told me the other 
day that just before her mother died, she said 
suddenly, ‘ Tom, bring the boat nearer; I can’t 
get in.’ * Tom ’ was her husband.” 

In this case, and the next three cases, the 
apparitions seem to have had a more or less 
premonitory purpose. The incident was 
related to the editor of the review “ Psychica,” 
who considered it so interesting that she 
requested the lady to repeat it by letter, which 
she willingly did, only requesting that nothing 
more than her initials should be published, 
though her name and address were known to 
the editor of the review. 

The letter is as follows : 

“ Dear Madam, 

“ With reference to the incident I related to 
you, which happened several years ago, the follow¬ 
ing are the facts just as they occurred : 

” I lost my daughter when she was seventeen 
years of age ; she had been ill for some five years, 
and for eight months before her death had been 
confined to her bed. During all this time, and up 
to her death, she maintained a remarkable degree 
of intelligence and will. A fortnight before her 

3 


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death, one evening when I was leaning over the 
head of her bed, I asked her what she was think¬ 
ing of, seeing her absorbed. She replied, * Little 
mother, look there/ pointing to the bed-curtains. 
I followed the direction of her hand and saw a 
man’s form, completely white, standing out quite 
clearly against the dark curtain. Having no ideas 
of spiritism, my emotion was intense, and I closed 
my eyes not wishing to see any longer. My child 
said to me, ‘ You do not reply/ I had the weak¬ 
ness to declare to her, ‘ I see nothing ’; but my 
trembling voice betrayed me doubtless, for the 
child added with an air of reproach, ‘ Oh, little 
mother, I have seen the same thing for the last 
three days at the same hour ; it’s my dear father 
who has come to fetch me.’ 

“ My child died 15 days later, but the apparition 
was not repeated ; perhaps it attained its greatest 
intensity on the day I saw it. 

<f (Signed) Z. G” 

The editor of “ Psychica ” remarks : " The 
lady who signs this letter is not a credulous 
person, and she declares that she saw the 
vision near the bed of her dying child at a time 
when her thoughts were far from the creation 
of a phantasmal form. 

“ Carita Borderieux ” 

{Editor of “ Psychica ”) 

Mr. Hans Hamilton, who translated the 
above extract, remarks : “ The interest of this 


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85 


case lies in the fact of the apparition having 
taken place 15 days before death ; in its being 
visible to two persons ; and in the fact that 
there is not the least suspicion of either delirium 
or coma on the part of the dying girl.” 

A striking case of collective hallucination (that 
is to say, a vision seen by the relatives of the 
dying person as well as by the dying person 
herself) is given in the “ Proceedings S.P.R.” 
for 1889. 1 

The narrator, Miss Emma Pearson, writes 
an account of her aunt’s illness and death, 
which is here given considerably abridged : 

” My aunt, Miss Harriet Pearson, who was taken 
very ill at Brighton in November, 1864, craved to 
be back in her own home in London, where she and 
her sister Ann (who had died some years previously) 
had spent practically all their lives. I accordingly 
made the necessary arrangements, and had her 
moved home. Her two nieces (Mrs. Coppinger and 
Mrs. John Pearson), Eliza Quinton the house¬ 
keeper, and myself did the nursing between us. 
She became worse and worse. On the night of 
Dec. 23rd Mrs. John Pearson was sitting up with 
her, while Mrs. Coppinger and I lay down in the 
adjoining room, leaving the door ajar to hear any 
sound from the next room. We were neither of 
us asleep, and suddenly we both started up in bed, 

1 See " Proceedings S.P.R.,” Vol. VI, p. 20. Also 
“ Human Personality/’ Vol. II, p. 334. 


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as we saw someone pass the door, wrapped up in an 
old shawl, having a wig with three curls each side, 
and an old black cap. Mrs. Coppinger called to me, 
‘ Emma, get up, it is old Aunt Ann ! * I said, * So 
it is ; then Aunt Harriet will die to-day ! * As we 
jumped up, Mrs. John Pearson came rushing out of 
Aunt Harriet’s room, saying, * That was old Aunt 
Ann. Where has she gone ? ’ I said to soothe 
her, * Perhaps it was Eliza come down to see how 
her old mistress is.’ Mrs. Coppinger ran upstairs 
and found Eliza asleep. Every room was searched 
—no one was there ; and from that day to this no 
explanation has ever been given of this appearance, 
except that it was old Aunt Ann come to call her 
sister. Aunt Harriet died at 6 p.m. that day." 

Eliza Quinton, the housekeeper, confirms the 
above statement, and adds : “ We searched in 
every room but could not find anyone in the house. 
Miss Harriet died on the evening of that day, but 
before that she told us all that she had seen her 
sister, and that she had come to call her." 

This last statement is further confirmed by Miss 
Emma Pearson in a later letter, in which she states 
that she remembers her Aunt saying that “ her 
sister had come for her, for she had seen her." 

In the following case the premonitory 
purpose seems to be strongly marked : 

Louise F., aged forty-eight, died after an 
abdominal operation in January, 1896. During 
her illness she frequently asked that, when cured, 
she might take her little niece Lily, aged three 


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37 


years and three months, of whom she was very 
fond, to live with her in the country. About a 
month after the death of her aunt little Lily, who 
was intelligent and precocious and in quite good 
health, often stopped in her play to look fixedly out 
of the window. Her mother asked her what she 
was looking at, and she answered, “ It is Aunt 
Louise, who holds out her arms to me and calls 
me.” Her mother, much frightened, tried to dis¬ 
tract her attention, but the child drew her chair to 
the window and continued to look for several 
minutes. Her brother, M. F., who gave me these 
details, said, “ I was then eleven years old and 
my little sister said, ‘ What! Don’t you see 
Tata ? ’ as she called her aunt. Of course I could 
see nothing.” For some months nothing further 
was seen by the child, the visions ceased. Towards 
May 20th, little Lily fell ill, and when in bed she 
looked up to the ceiling saying that she saw her 
aunt calling her, surrounded by little angels. 
" Mother, how pretty ! ” she said. From day to 
day her illness increased, but she always repeated, 
" My aunt has come to fetch me ; she is holding out 
her arms to me,” and as her mother wept, she said, 

Don’t cry, Mother, it is very beautiful, there are 
angels round me.” She died on the 9th of June of 
tubercular meningitis, four and a half months after 
the death of Louise F. 

Such is the story told by her brother, M. F., 
confirmed by his sister, G. F., and her mother. 
The family lived very quietly in a country 


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town. None of them know anything of 
psychic science. 

The following case was tfirst printed in the 
“ Religio-Philosophical Journal,” May 5, 1894. 1 
Mr. B. B. Kingsbury, who contributed it, 
states that the informant is a member of the 
Presbyterian Church, and her husband con¬ 
firmed her statement of voices heard by the 
little boy calling him. Mr. Kingsbury adds 
that both his informants, Mr. and Mrs. H., are 
worthy of the highest credit. The father is 
somewhat of a “ sensitive,” and the mother 
has had two or three clairvoyant experiences 
herself. 

The statement just as it was given by the 
mother runs as follows : 

“ Had I ever doubted that there is a life beyond, 
my doubt would have been removed by what I call 
a vision. In 1883 I was the mother of two strong, 
healthy boys. The eldest was a bright boy of two 
years and seven months. The other a darling baby 
boy of eight months. August 6th, 1883, my baby 
died. Ray, my little son, was then in perfect 
health. Every day after baby’s death (and I may 
safely say every hour in the day) he would say to 
me, ' Mamma, baby calls Ray.’ He would often 
leave his play and come running to me, saying, 
* Mamma, baby calls Ray all the time.' Every 


1 See “ Human Personality,” Vol. II, p. 334. 


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night he would waken me out of my sleep and say, 
‘ Mamma, baby calls Ray all the time. He wants 
Ray to come where he is ; you must not cry when 
Ray goes, Mamma ; you must not cry, for baby 
wants Ray.’ One day I was sweeping the sitting- 
room floor, and he came running as fast as he could 
run, through the dining-room where stood the table 
with baby’s high chair (which Ray now used) at 
the side. I never saw him so excited, and he 
grabbed my dress and pulled me to the dining-room 
door, jerked it open, saying, ‘ Oh, Mamma, Mamma, 
come quick ; baby is sitting in his high chair.' As 
soon as he opened the door and looked at the chair, 
he said, ‘ Oh, Mamma, why didn’t you hurry ; now 
he’s gone ; he laughed at Ray when he passed the 
chair ; oh, he laughed at Ray so nice. Ray is 
going with baby, but you must not cry, Mamma.’ 
Ray soon became very sick. Nursing and medicine 
were of no avail. He died Oct. 13th, 1883, two 
months and seven days after baby’s death. He 
was a child of high intelligence and matured far 
beyond his years. Whether it is possible for the 
dead to return, and whether my baby came back 
and was seen by his little brother or not, we leave 
for others to judge.” 

Dr. Hodgson, whose name is well known to 
all psychical researchers as one of the most 
careful and critical investigators, made in¬ 
quiries regarding the case, and in reply to 
Dr. Hodgson’s inquiries, Mrs. H. wrote : 


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“ Defiance, Ohio 

“ December 13 th, 1894 

“ When the child ran to me telling me the baby 
was sitting in his chair at the table, there was no 
one in the house but the servant girl, little Ray, 
and myself. I told the girl nothing about it and 
she did not hear the child, but as soon as my hus¬ 
band came to dinner I told him. After that we 
talked freely of the matter to several of our friends 
Little Ray knew nothing of death ; we had never 
spoken of it to him in any way ; the last time I 
took him to the baby's grave, shortly before he was 
taken sick, we were sitting by the grave, and I 
thought, ‘ Oh, if I could only take baby up and 
look at it for just one minute, I would feel so glad.' 
Instantly Ray said to me, * Mamma, let us take 
baby up and look at it just one minute ; then we 
will feel better.' Just as we were leaving the grave 
he smoothed it with his little hand, and said, ‘ Ray 
is going to lie down and sleep right here beside 
little brother, but you must not cry, Mamma.’ He 
is now lying just where he said he would. 

P.S.—I wish to say that I have never known 
much of what is called modem Spiritualism, but 
was bom and reared a Presbyterian and still belong 
to that Church, of which I am an active member. 

" F. H." 

Dr. Hodgson also wrote to Mr. H., who 
replied as follows : 

“ Feb. 27th, 1895 

“ I can truly say that my wife related it [that is, 


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about Ray seeing baby in the chair] to me the day 
it occurred when I came to dinner. I frequently 
heard our little boy tell his mamma that the baby 
called him all the time. 

“ W. H. H.” 

The following corroboration was also received *• 
by Dr. Hodgson : 


" 116 Summit Street 

“ Defiance, Ohio 
“ Feb . 25 th , 1895 


“ Dear Sir, 

" I can truly say that Mrs. and Mr. H. often 
spoke to me of Ray seeing the baby in the chair 
before he took sick. They told me the next day 
after it happened. 

“ (Mrs.) j. H. Shelters ” 


The following case was given by Dr. Paul 
Edwards, and was published in the Journal 
“ Light ” for April, 1906 : 

‘ f While living in a country town in California 
(U.S.A.) about the year 1887, I was called upon to 
visit a very dear lady friend who was very low and 
weak from consumption. Every one knew that 
this pure and noble wife and mother was doomed 
to die, and at last she herself became convinced 
that immediate death was inevitable, and accord¬ 
ingly she prepared for the event. Calling her chil¬ 
dren to her bedside she kissed each in turn, sending 


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them away as soon as good-bye was said. Then 
came the husband’s turn to step up and bid fare¬ 
well to a most loving wife, who was perfectly clear 
in her mind. She began by saying ‘ Newton ’ (for 
that was his Christian name) ... ‘do not weep 
over me, for I am without pain and am wholly 
serene. I love you upon earth, and shall love you 
after I have gone. I am fully resolved to come to 
you if such a thing is possible, and if it is not 
possible I will watch you and the children from 
Heaven, where I will be waiting when you all 
come. My first desire now is to go. . . . I see 
people moving—all in white. The music is 
strangely enchanting. Oh ! here is Sadie ; she is 
with me—and—she knows who I am.’ Sadie w 7 as 
a little girl she had lost about ten years before. 
* Sissy! ’ said the husband, ' you are out of your 
mind/ ‘ Oh, dear ! why did you call me here 
again ? * said the wife, * now it will be hard for me 
to go away again ; I was so pleased while there— 
it was so delightful—so soothing/ In about three 
minutes the dying woman added, ' I am going 
away again and will not come back to you even if 
you cah me/ 

“ This scene lasted for about eight minutes, and 
it was very plain that the dying wife was in full 
view of the two worlds at the same time, for she 
described how the moving figures looked in the 
world beyond, as she directed her words to mortals 
in this world. 

“ . . . I think that of all my death scenes this 
was the most impressive—the most solemn/’ 


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My friend Miss Dallas has sent me some cases 
of Visions of the Dying which occurred to 
persons she knew. 

In one case the face of her friend’s mother, 
just before death, suddenly lighted up with an 
intense brilliancy. When this had passed 
away, the dying woman opened her eyes and 
said that she had looked into Heaven, and had 
seen many people they knew who had passed 
over, and also that many of the things she had 
seen it was impossible to describe. Shortly 
after this she died. 

In another case Miss Dallas tells of a widow, 
living with her youngest surviving son, Jim, 
then dying of consumption. Miss Dallas 
visited the mother shortly after her son's 
death, and recorded the following in her note¬ 
book the same day : 

“ Jim had died on a Thursday, and on the pre¬ 
vious Sunday his end appeared to be near, but he 
revived, and told his mother that he had seen 
something beautiful. Again he had a relapse, and 
on reviving he said he had seen two of his sisters 
and a brother who had died previously, but he 
added, * Mother, I cannot find Bessie.’ His mother 
told Miss Dallas that Bessie had died twelve years 
before, when Jim was still a child. Not long after 
this Jim died.” 

The following case is taken from the Journal 



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of the American S.P.R. for July, 1909 (p. 422)0 
The editor, Prof. Hyslop, relates how the 
original letter came into his possession, and 
remarks that it may be taken as documentary 
evidence of the incident narrated. The original 
letter was enclosed in one addressed to the 
editor of the “ Open Court,” a well-known 
American periodical. In it the writer, Mr. 
William C. Church, states that the letter he 
forwards was written to the late Captain J. 
Ericsson, inventor of the Monitor, by Lady 
Ellen Chute, a relative of his wife, and con¬ 
cerns the death of Ericsson’s sister-in-law, 
Louisa Browning. The “Amelia” referred to 
in the letter was the wife of Captain Ericsson; 
who had died in July, 1867, many years 
previously ; and “ Aunt Louisa Browning ” 
was the sister of " Amelia.” 

" Bracknell, Berks 

“ November 5 th, 1883 

" Dear Capt. Ericsson, 

“ Since I last wrote to you our fond aunt, Louisa 
Browning, died on Sunday morning, October 28th, 
at the age of 78. On her death-bed she appeared 
to see her deeply loved sister [Capt. Ericsson’s wife, 
Amelia], who had gone before. Those watching by 
her heard her say—though she had before been 
quite unconscious—‘ Oh, Amelia ! Amelia ! ’ and 
she reached out her hand to welcome someone their 


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earthly eyes were not permitted to see, and then 
all was over. . . . 

“ Yours very sincerely, 

“ (Signed) Ellen Chute ” 

In the case 1 here abridged, the singing and 
voice of the unseen visitant were heard by the 
mother as well as by her dying child ; and a 
cousin of the deceased child appears to have 
had a vision of the child and heard a premoni¬ 
tory intimation of her death. 

“Mrs. G., with her two little girls, Minnie and 
Ada, of the respective ages of eight and nine years, 
had been staying in the country on a visit to her 
sister-in-law, but having taken a house near Lon¬ 
don, she sent the two children with their nurse off 
by an early train, following herself by one a few 
hours later. Towards the evening of the same 
day, one of the little girls walked into the room of 
the house which they had quitted in the morning, 
where a cousin to whom she was much attached 
was sitting at his studies, and said to him, ‘ I am 
come to say good-bye, Walter; I shall never see 
you again.’ Then kissing him she vanished from 
the room. The young man was greatly startled 
and astonished, as he had himself seen both the 
little girls and their nurse off by the morning train. 

“At this very time of the evening both the 

1 See R. Pike’s “ Life’s Borderland and Beyond,” 
p, 28, in which the ” Atlantic Monthly,” of March, 1879 
is quoted as the source. 



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children in London were taken suddenly ill, while 
playing in their new home, a few hours after they 
had arrived. The doctor palled in pronounced 
their complaint to be small-pox of the most malig¬ 
nant kind. They both died within the week, but 
the youngest, Minnie, died first. The day after 
she was buried, the poor bereaved mother was 
anxiously watching the last hours of the one still 
left, for whom she well knew no chance of life 
remained. Suddenly the sick child woke up from 
a kind of stupor, and exclaimed, f Oh, look, 
Mamma, look at the beautiful angels ! ’ pointing to 
the foot of the bed. Mrs. G. saw nothing, but 
heard soft sweet music, which seemed to float in 
the air. Again the child exclaimed : ‘ Oh, dear 
Mamma, there is Minnie ! She has come for me ' ; 
she smiled and appeared greatly pleased. At this 
moment Mrs. G. distinctly heard a voice say, 

‘ Come, dear Ada, I am waiting for you ! ’ The 
sick child smiled once again and died without a 
struggle.” 

Some time before their death the poor 
mother overheard a childish conversation 
between the two little ones, in which the 
youngest, Minnie, said to the other that she 
felt sure she should die first, and would be 
certain to come and fetch her sister. This 
conversation was long remembered by the 
mother, as it was strikingly confirmed by the 
actual facts. It is, of course, possible that 


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expectancy on the part of the mother (if at the 
time she recalled her children’s conversation) 
may discount the evidential value of this 
striking case. 

It has been recorded of the celebrated mathe¬ 
matician, Prof. De Morgan, that during the 
last two days of his life there were indications 
of his passing through the experience which he 
had himself considered worthy of investigation 
and of record. He seemed to recognize all 
those of his family whom he had lost—his 
three children, his mother and sister, whom he 
greeted, naming them in the reverse order to 
that in which they left the world. No one 
seeing him at that moment could doubt that 
what he seemed to perceive was, to him at 
least, visible and real. 1 

Mrs. De Morgan in her book, “ From Matter 
to Spirit,” relates the following incident, which 
she gives as it was told by the mother of the 
dying child. 

“ On the morning on which John died, having 
bade all the family farewell, he lay for some time 
quite quiet, and then he spoke, his voice sounding 
strong and clear, and was evidently replying to 
some question which he had heard asked. We 
were astonished and awestruck. We felt that he 

1 See R. Pike’s “ Life’s Borderland and Beyond,” p. 15. 



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saw and heard an angel invisible to us. Then he 
spoke again and said,' Mother, here is Grandmother 
come ! You must see her ! And she is with such 
a great company, and they say that they are come 
to take me away with them/ Soon after that he 
gently breathed his last.” 1 

The Rev. W. G. Horder relates the following 
incident, and says : 

“ A friend of mine, of a mind naturally indis¬ 
posed to faith, and at the time quite sceptical about 
a future life, tells me of the following incident, 
which made a deep impression upon him, and even 
wakened belief in immortality : 

“ His brother, a young man of about 25 years of 
age, had been seized with brain fever, which at last 
rendered him quite unconscious for about 24 hours, 
but just before death he raised himself in his bed, 
resting himself upon his hand and said, ‘ Who is 
that at the bottom of my bed ? ’ His mother, who 
was sitting by his bedside, said, * There is no one 
there, my dear/ He said, ‘ Don't you see Emma ’ 
(a departed sister) * standing at the foot of the 
bed ? ’ She said, ‘ No, there is no one there, my 
dear/ ‘ Yes, there is/ he said, * it is Emma. I 
am coming, I am ready’; and fell back and died.” 2 

The following three cases were sent to me by 
Mrs. Shepherd Munn, widow of the late Vicar 

1 See Mrs. De Morgan’s “ From Matter to Spirit,” 
p. 184. 

2 See R. Pike’s “ Life’s Borderland and Beyond,” p. 35. 


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of Orleton, Brimfield, Herefordshire, to whom 
all the people concerned in the narratives were 
known personally. She writes as follows : 

" A young boy, aged fourteen, named Charles 
Dyer, who lived with his parents at Orleton, was 
dying of consumption, and had wasted away very 
rapidly in four or five months. During the whole 
of that period he was very bright, full of interest in 
all around, and did not seem to be aware of his 
rapidly failing strength. About a week before he 
died he slept in a room off his mother’s, with no 
door between—he called her, and when she went 
in, he was full of excitement about a door he could 
see at the corner of his room, which he said was 
‘ opening wider and wider, and when it is open wide 
I shall be going through it, Mother.’ 

“ On the morning of the day he died, his mother 
having left the room to fetch him something, heard 
him call and hastening back, found him sitting up 
in bed, looking towards the corner of the room, and 
he said to her, ‘ There is a nice old man come for 
me ; he is holding out his arms for me. I must 
go. Don’t fret, Mother ’ ; and he fell back gently 
on his pillow and was gone, without any struggle 
for breath, and with a smile of joy on his face, 
which remained. 

“ His mother was full of ecstasy, and came down 
to the Vicarage that same morning to tell me of it. 
The impression this experience made upon her has 
continued to the present day, and has influenced 
her life for the better.” 


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The following case, also related to me by 
Mrs. Shepherd Munn, took place some years 
previous to the last, but is connected with the 
same family. 

“ An old man, named John George—grandfather 
of the consumptive boy, Charles Dyer, already 
referred to—lay dying. He and his wife, Mary 
Ann George, had had a great sorrow that same year 
in the death of their youngest son, Tom, a young 
man who had been killed on the railway line on 
which he worked. 

“ The dying man had been quiet for some time 
as though sleeping, when he suddenly looked up, 
opened his eyes wide, and looking at the side of the 
bed opposite to where his wife was, exclaimed, 
‘ Why, Mother, here is Tom, and he is all right, no 
marks on him. Oh, he looks fine.’ Then after 
another silence he said, * And here’s Nance too.' 
A pause, then ‘ Mother, she is all right. She has 
been forgiven.’ And very soon after he passed 
away, taking with him a sorrow which had long 
pressed upon the mother’s heart, for Nance had 
fallen into sin, and had died soon after the child 
was born, and as the poor mother thought ‘ never 
having had time to repent.’ ” 

The next case is also given by Mrs. Shepherd 
Munn, and it also, like the two preceding cases, 
occurred in Orleton, Herefordshire. 

" A woman, named Mary Wilding, was dying of 
cancer. She was passionately fond of her husband, 


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Charles Wilding. They had worked together, 
brought up their children, saved some money, and 
bought a nice little house in Orleton, where they 
spent some comfortable and happy years together. 
When she realized that she would die and leave 
* Charlie/ she became very unhappy and made 
them all very miserable by fretting and constantly 
complaining of her fate. 

" One day as the end drew near, when a sister of 
hers, who was helping to look after her, happened 
to be alone in the room with Mary Wilding, she 
suddenly looked up with such a bright expression 
of face and said, ' Oh, Emmie, Mother is here ; she 
has come for me, and is going to take me with her/ 
She never lost the feeling of confidential joy, and 
passed away the day after quite peacefully/’ 

Dr. Hyslop narrates the following case, 
which he received from a friend whose testi¬ 
mony he had no reason to question : 

" I called this afternoon (May 14th, 1906) upon 
a lady whose child, a boy of nine years old, had 
died two weeks previously. He had been operated 
upon for appendicitis some two or three years ago, 
and had had peritonitis at the same time. He 
recovered and was apparently quite well for a time. 
Again he was taken ill, and was taken to hospital 
and operated upon. He was perfectly rational, 
recognizing his parents, the doctor and the nurse 
—after recovering from under the influence of the 
anaesthetic. Feeling that he was going, he asked 
his mother to hold his hands until he should be 


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gone. Soon he looked up and said, ‘ Mother, dear, 
don’t you see little sister over there ? ’ ‘ No, 

where is she ? ’ ‘ Right over there. She is looking 

at me.’ Then the mother to pacify him said she 
saw the child. In a few minutes his face lighted 
up full of smiles, and he said, ‘ There comes Mrs. 
C.’ (a lady of whom he was very fond, who had 
died nearly two years before), ‘ and she is smiling 
just as she used to. She is smiling and wants me 
to come.’ In a few moments he said, ‘ There is 
Roy ! I’m going to them. I don’t want to leave 
you, but you’ll come to me soon, won’t you ? 
Open the door and let them in. They are waiting 
outside,’ and he was gone.” 

The mother confirms this narrative, and 
inquiry brings out the following facts. The 
“ little sister ” he refers to had died four years 
before his own birth. “ Roy ” is the name of 
a friend of the child, who had died about a year 
previous. 

The following case is taken from the “ Life 
of the Rev. Dwight L. Moody,” the celebrated 
Evangelical preacher of the United States. 
The last moments of Mr. Moody are described 
by his son, the biographer, as follows : 

“ Suddenly he murmured, ‘ Earth recedes, 
heaven opens up before me. I have been beyond 
the gates. God is calling. Don’t call me back. 
It is beautiful. It is like a trance. If this is death 
it is sweet.’ 


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“ Then his face lit up and he said in a voice of 
joyful rapture, ‘ Dwight! Irene ! I see the chil¬ 
dren's faces ’ (referring to his two little grand¬ 
children, who had gone before). Turning to his 
wife he said, ' Mamma, you have been a good wife 
to me/ and with that he became unconscious/' 

The following case is related by Mr. Alfred 
Smedley in his book of “ Reminiscences ” 
(pp. 50, 51). He gives an account of his 
wife’s last moments, and states : 

“ A short time before her decease, her eyes being 
fixed on something that seemed to fill her with 
pleasant surprise, she exclaimed, ‘ Why ! there is 
sister Charlotte here, and Mother and Father, and 
brother John and sister Mary! And now they 
have brought Bessie Heap ! ! They are all here. 
Oh ! how beautiful! Cannot you see them ? ’ she 
asked. * No, my dear ; I very much wish I could,’ 
I answered. f Cannot you see them ? ’ she again 
asked in surprise ; * why they are all here, and they 
are come to bear me away with them ! ’ Then she 
added, ‘ Part of our family have crossed the flood, 
and soon the other part will be gathered home, and 
then we shall be a family complete in heaven ! ’ 

" I may explain here that Bessie Heap had been 
the trusted family nurse, and my wife had always 
been a favourite with her. 

“ After the above ecstatic experience my wife 
lingered for some time. Then fixing her gaze 
steadily upward again, and lifting up her hands, 
she joined the convoy of angel friends, who had 


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come to usher her into that brighter spiritual world 
of which we had learned so little.” 

The next case 1 is given on the authority of 
Dr. Wilson of New York, who was present at 
the death a few years ago of the well-known 
American tenor, Mr. James Moore, who was a 
patient of his. Dr. Wilson gives the following 
narrative : 

" It was about four o’clock, and the dawn for 
which he had been watching was creeping in 
through the shutters, when, as I bent over the bed, 
I noticed that his face was quite calm and his eyes 
clear. The poor fellow looked up into my face, 
and taking my hand in both of his, he said, ‘ You’ve 
been a good friend to me, Doctor. You’ve stood 
by me.’ Then something which I shall never for¬ 
get to my dying day happened, something which 
is utterly indescribable. While he appeared per¬ 
fectly rational and as sane as any man I have ever 
seen, the only way that I can express it is that he 
was transported into another world, and although 
I cannot satisfactorily explain the matter to myself, 
I am fully convinced that he had entered the Golden 
City—for he said in a stronger voice than he had 
used since I had attended him, ' There is Mother ! 
Why, Mother, have you come here to see me ? 
No, no, I’m coming to see you. Just wait, Mother, 
I am almost over. I can jump it. Wait, Mother.' 
On his face there was a look of inexpressible 

1 See ° Psychical Research and the Resurrection.” 
J. H. Hyslop. Boston, XJ.S.A., 1908, p. 97. 


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happiness, and the way in which he said the words 
impressed me as I have never been before, and I 
am as firmly convinced that he saw and talked with 
his mother as I am that I am sitting here. 

“ In order to preserve what I believed to be his 
conversation with his mother, and also to have a 
record of the strangest happening of my life, I 
immediately wrote down every word he had said. 
. . . His was one of the most beautiful deaths I 
have ever seen/' 

My friend, Mrs. Carter, of St. Erth, Hayle, 
Cornwall, sends me the following case, which 
occurred on April 13, 1924, when she was 
present, and she wrote the following notes a 
few days later. She says : 

“ On Sunday, April 13th, I went to Hillside to 
sit with a Mr. Williams, who was dying of con¬ 
sumption, so that those belonging to him might 
have a little rest. He was in a state of great 
physical distress, and unable to lie down, and could 
only breathe with the greatest difficulty, with his 
head leaning down to within a few inches of the 
mattress. 

“ He suddenly raised himself and stretched out 
his hands, and said very clearly, as though speaking 
to someone present and whom he was glad to see, 
* Edmund ! ! my dear brother Edmund ! ! ' I was 
alone with him at the time, but when the family 
returned to the room later I at once related to them 
what he had said, and then learnt from them that 
his brother Edmund was dead. 


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“ During the time that I was with him—from 
3.15 to 9.15—although breathing very heavily all 
the time, he appeared to be quite conscious when 
he spoke, and called for thd different members of 
his family. He knew me quite well, and kissed my 
hand and called me by my name. He also asked 
to have water at intervals, and asked for hot tea. 
In spite of his great bodily distress, his trust in 
God remained quite unshaken, and it was very 
moving to hear him say at intervals, ‘ Dear Lord, 
let me go ! * 

“ I was told that before I arrived he had ex¬ 
claimed, ‘ Mrs. Hooper ! * She had been a great 
friend of his, and died here about 18 months or 
two years ago. He died about ten hours after I 
had left.” 

The following account of the last days of a 
little child was published in the “ Journal of 
the American S.P.R.,” edited by Dr. James H. 
Hyslop (Vol. XII, No. 6), and a considerably 
abridged report was compiled by Miss H. A, 
Dallas, 1 a summary of which is given below : 

“ Daisy Irene Dryden was born in Marysvill, 
Yuba County, California, on September 9th, 1854. 
She died in San Jose, California, on October 8th, 
1864, aged ten years and twenty-nine days. 

“ Her mother writes : ‘ In the summer of 1864 
Daisy was attacked by bilious fever. After five 
weeks of illness the fever left her, and for two weeks 

1 See “ The Nurseries of Heaven,” Vale Owen and 
Dallas. London, 1920, p. 117. 


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she seemed to continue to gain strength. She 
smiled and sang and seemed like herself again, 
until one afternoon, as her father sat by her bed, 
he noticed a singular expression on her face. It 
was one of both pleasure and amazement. Her 
eyes were directed to one place above the door 
Her father asked, “ Daisy, what is it ? What do 
you see ? ” She replied softly, “ It is a spirit, it 
is Jesus. And He says I am going to be one of His 
little lambs.” “ Yes, dear,” said her father, " I 
hope you are one of His Lambs.” “ Oh, papa! ” 
she exclaimed, ” I am going to heaven, to Him.” 

“ • That night she was taken with enteritis and 
only lived four days. She suffered much for the 
first twenty-four hours, being unable to retain food, 
water, or medicine. From that time on she had 
very little pain. Her poor little body had in fact 
become so attenuated that there was little left for 
the disease to work upon. But her mind was very 
active and remarkably clear. Her faculties ap¬ 
peared sharpened. She could remember recita¬ 
tions she had learned in school, always having been 
fond of memorizing poetry. And when Lulu sang 
to her from the Sunday School Hymnal, she would 
give the name of the song and the page on which to 
find it. 

“ * She loved to have us read the Scriptures to 
her. I read, in John xiv, “ It is expedient for you 
that I go away : for if I go not away the Comforter 
will not come unto you, but if I depart I will send 
Him unto you.” At this she looked up to me so 
heavenly as she said, “ Mamma, when I go away 


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the Comforter will come to you ; and maybe He 
will let me come too sometimes ; I’ll ask Allie 
about it.” She often said this after this time, 
when she felt uncertain about anything. Allie 
was her brother who had passed to the other life 
at the age of six, of scarlet fever, seven months 
before. He seemed to be with her a great deal of 
the time during those last three days, because when 
we asked her questions which she could not answer 
she would say, “ Wait till Allie comes, and I will 
ask him.” On this occasion she waited only a short 
time and then said, “ Allie says I may go to you 
sometimes ; he says it is possible, but you will not 
know when I am there ; but I can speak to your 
thought.” 

" ‘ As I have said, Daisy lingered on the border¬ 
land for three days, after the first agonizing twenty- 
four hours had passed. Her physical frame had 
become so emaciated that there was only enough 
to hold the spirit in its feeble embrace ; and it was 
manifested to us, as it were, through the thin veil 
of the attenuated flesh which enwrapped it. 
During this time she dwelt in both worlds, as she 
expressed it. Two days before she left us, the 
Sunday School Superintendent came to see her. 
She talked very freely about going, and sent a 
message by him to the Sunday School. When he 
was about to leave, he said, “ Well, Daisy, you will 
soon be over the ‘ dark river.’ ” After he had gone, 
she asked her father what he meant by the “ dark 
river.” He tried to explain it, but she said, “ It 
is all a mistake; there is no river; there is no 


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curtain ; there is not even a line that separates 
this life from the other life.” And she stretched 
out her little hands from the bed, and with a ges¬ 
ture said, “ It is here and it is there ; I know it is 
so, for I can see you all, and I see them there at 
the same time/’ We asked her to tell us some¬ 
thing of that other world and how it looked to her, 
but she said, “ I cannot describe it; it is so differ¬ 
ent, I could not make you understand.” 

“ * One morning while I was in the room, putting 
it in order, Mrs. W., one of our kind neighbours, 
was reading to her these words from the Testa¬ 
ment : “ Let not your heart be troubled. In my 
Father's house are many mansions. I go to pre¬ 
pare a place for you ” (John xiv, i, 2). Daisy 
remarked, “ Mansions, that means houses. I don’t 
see real houses there ; but there is what would be 
places to meet each other in. Allie speaks of going 
to such and such a place, but says nothing of 
houses. You see, perhaps the Testament tells 
about mansions so we will feel we are going to have 
a home in heaven, and perhaps when I get there 
I’ll find a home. And if I do, the heavenly flowers 
and trees that I love so much here—for I do see 
them, and that they are more beautiful than any¬ 
thing you could imagine-—they will be there.” I 
said, “ Daisy, don’t you know the Bible speaks of 
heaven being a beautiful city ? ” She said, “ I do 
not see a city,” and a puzzled look came over her 
face, and she said, “ I do not know ; I may have 
to go there first.” 

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read of the mansions to Daisy, and who was with 
us a great deal, told Mrs. B., a neighbour of hers, 
about Daisy’s inner sight being open. Mrs. B. was 
a lady who did not believe in a future state. She 
was, moreover, in deep distress, having just lost 
her husband and a son who was about twelve years 
old, named Bateman. She came with Mrs. W. one 
evening, and, sitting beside the bed, began to ask 
questions. Daisy s5.id to her : “ Bateman is here, 
and says he is alive and well, and is in such a good 
place, he would not come home for anything. He 
says he is learning how to be good.” Mrs. B. then 
said, “ Ask him if he has seen his father.” Daisy 
replied, " He says he has not, he is not here, and 
says to you, ‘ Mother, don't fret about me, it is 
better I did not grow up.’ ” This communication 
set the mother to thinking and she became a firm 
believer in a future state. 

“ ‘ The following morning, when alone with 
Daisy, Mrs. W., who had brought Mrs. B. to see 
her, asked Daisy how she could think Mrs. B.'s son 
was happy. “ For,” said she, “ when he was here, 
you know he was such a bad boy. Don't you 
remember how he used to swear, and steal your 
playthings, and break them up ? You know we 
did not allow him to play with you nor with my 
children, because he was so bad.” Daisy replied, 
“ Oh, Aunty, don’t you know he never went to 
Sunday School, and was always hearing so much 
swearing ? God knows he did not have half a 
chance.” 

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Mrs. H., who also was with her a great deal, was 
sitting beside her, when Daisy said to her, “ Your 
two children are here/' Now, these children had 
gone to the other life several years before, and if 
they had lived in this world would have been nearly 
grown up. Daisy had never heard anyone speak 
of them, nor did the mother have any pictures of 
them, so she could not have known anything what¬ 
ever about them before seeing them in the spiritual 
world. When asked to describe them, her descrip¬ 
tion of them as full-grown did not agree with the 
mother’s idea of them, so she said, “ How can that 
be ? They were children when they died." Daisy 
answered, “ Allie says, * Children do not stay chil¬ 
dren ; they grow up as they do in this life.' " 
Mrs. H. then said, “ But my little daughter Mar}' 
fell, and was so injured that she could not stand 
straight/’ To this Daisy replied, “ She is all right 
now ; she is straight and beautiful; and your son 
is looking so noble and happy." 

“ ‘ Once she said : " Oh, papa, do you hear that ? 
It is the singing of the angels. Why, you ought to 
hear it, for the room is full of it, and I can see them, 
there are so many ; I can see them miles and miles 
away." 

“ ‘ Mrs. W., already mentioned, who had lost her 
father a short time previous, wanted to know if 
Daisy had seen him, and brought his picture to let 
her see if she could recognize him. But in the 
evening, when she came again, Daisy told her she 
had not seen him, and that Allie, whom she had 
asked about him, had not seen him, but that Allie 


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had said he would ask someone who could tell him 
about him. In a moment Daisy said, “ Allie is 
here and says, ‘ Tell Aunty her father wants her 
to meet him in heaven, for he is there/ Mrs. W. 
then said, “ Daisy, why did not Allie know at once 
about my father ? " “ Because/' replied she, 

" those who die go into different states or places 
and do not see each other at all times, but all the 
good are in the state of the blest." 

“ * During those last days of illness Daisy loved 
to listen to her sister Lulu as she sang for her, 
mostly from the Sunday School song-book. Lulu 
sang one song, the chorus of which was : 


“ ' Oh ! come angel band, 

Come and around me stand, 

Oil! bear me away on your snowy wings 
To my immortal home. 

When she had finished, Daisy exclaimed, “ Oh, 
Lulu, is it not strange ? We always thought the 
angels had wings ! But it is a mistake ; they don't 
have any." Lulu replied, “ But they must have 
wings, else how do they fly down from heaven ? " 
“ Oh, but they don't fly," she answered, “ they 
just come. When I think of Allie, he is here." 

" ‘ Once I inquired, “ How do you see the 
angels ? " She replied, “ I do not see them all the 
time ; but when I do, the walls seem to go away, 
and I can see ever so far, and you couldn’t begin 
to count the people ; some are near, and I know 
them ; others I have never seen before." She 


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mentioned the name of Mary C., the sister of Mrs. 
S., who was a neighbour of ours in Nevada City, 
and said, “ You know she had such a bad cough, 
but she is well now, and so beautiful, and she is 
smiling to me/' 

“‘I was then sitting beside her bedside, her hand 
clasped in mine. Looking up so wistfully to me, 
she said, “ Dear Mamma, I do wish you could see 
Allie ; he is standing beside you.” Involuntarily 
I looked round, but Daisy thereupon continued, 
“ He says you cannot see him because your spirit- 
eyes are closed, but that I can, because my body 
only holds my spirit, as it were, by a thread of 
life.” I then inquired, “ Does he say that now ? ” 
“ Yes, just now,” she answered. Then wondering 
how she could be conversing with her brother when 
I saw not the least sign of conversation, I said, 
” Daisy, how do you speak to Allie ? I do not 
hear you or see your lips move.” She smilingly 
replied, “ We just talk with our think.” I then 
asked her further, “ Daisy, how does Allie appear 
to you ? Does he seem to wear clothes ? ” She 
answered, “ Oh, no, not clothes such as we wear. 
There seems to be about him a white, beautiful 
something, so fine and thin and glistening, and oh, 
so white, and yet there is not a fold, or a sign of 
a thread in it, so it cannot be cloth. But makes 
him look so lovely.” Her father then quoted from 
the Psalmist: “ He is clothed with light as a gar¬ 
ment.” “ Oh, yes, that’s it,” she replied. 

“ * She often spoke of dying, and seemed to have 
such a vivid sense of her future life and happiness 


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that the dread of death was all dispelled. The 
mystery of the soul’s departure was to her no 
more a mystery. It was only a continuation of 
life, a growing up from the Conditions of earth-life 
into the air and sunshine of heaven. 

“ ‘ The morning of the day she died she asked me 
to let her have a small mirror. I hesitated, think¬ 
ing the sight of her emaciated face would be a 
shock to her. But her father, sitting by her, 
remarked, “ Let her look at her poor little face if 
she wants to.” So I gave it to her. Taking the 
glass in her two hands, she looked at her image for 
a time, calmly and sadly. At length she said, 
” This body of mine is about worn out. It is like 
that old dress of Mamma’s hanging there in the 
closet. She doesn’t wear it any more, and I won’t 
wear my body any more, because I have a new 
spiritual body which will take its place. Indeed, I 
have it now, for it is with my spiritual eyes I see 
the heavenly world while my body is still here. 
You will lay my body in the grave because I will 
not need it again. It was made for my life here, 
and now my life here is at an end, and this poor 
body will be laid away, and I shall have a beautiful 
body like Allie's.” Then she said to me, “ Mamma, 
open the shutters and let me look out at the world 
for the last time. Before another morning I shall 
be gone.” As I obeyed her loving request, she 
said to her father, ” Raise me up, Papa.” Then, 
supported by her father, she looked through the 
window whose shutters I had opened, and called 
out, " Good-bye, sky. Good-bye, trees. Good-bye, 


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flowers. Good-bye, white rose. Good-bye, red 
rose. Good-bye, beautiful world,” and added, 
“ how I love it, but I do not wish to stay.” 

That evening, when it was half-past eight, 
she herself observed the time, and remarked, “ It 
is half-past eight now ; when it is half-past eleven 
Allie will come for me.” She was then, for the 
time being, reclining on her father’s breast, 
with her head upon his shoulder. This was a 
favourite position, as it rested her. She said, 
“ Papa, I want to die here. When the time comes, 
I will tell you.” 

“ ' Lulu had been singing for her, and as half- 
past. eight was Lulu’s bedtime she arose to go. 
Bending over Daisy, as she always did, she kissed 
her, and said, " Good night.” Daisy put up her 
hand and, stroking tenderly her sister’s face, said 
to her, “ Good night.” When Lulu was half-way 
up the stairs, Daisy again called out after her, in a 
clear, sweet, earnest tone, “ Good night and good¬ 
bye, my sweet, darling Lulu.” 

“ e At about a quarter past eleven she said, 
" Now, Papa, take me up ; Allie has come for me.” 
After her father had taken her, she asked us to 
sing. Presently someone said, “ Call Lulu,” but 
Daisy answered promptly, “ Don’t disturb her, she 
is asleep,” and then, just as the hands of the clock 
pointed to the half-hour past eleven, the time she 
had predicted that Allie was to come to take her 
with him, she lifted up both arms and said, " Come, 
Allie,” and breathed no more. Then tenderly 
laying her loved but lifeless form upon the pillow, 
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her father said, “ The dear child has gone,” and 
added, “ she will suffer no more.” * ” 

There are one or two specially interesting 
points about this case—like Case i in Chapter II 
—-the dying child kept a consciousness of the 
visions which came to her, together with clear 
recognition of her earthly friends, and ability 
to converse with them sensibly. With Daisy 
Dryden the double consciousness lasted a few 
days, whereas in the case of Mrs. B. it only 
lasted an hour or two. 

Again the descriptions Daisy gave of her 
vision evidently did not accord with her pre¬ 
conceived ideas of a spiritual world, yet it did 
not once occur to her to doubt the reality of 
what she was learning of a life apart from a 
material body—and the possession of a spiritual 
body. 

In p. 118 of “The Nurseries of Heaven” 
(see p. 56 above) is the following statement 
made by her mother : “ Although she was on 
the whole a good child, possessing ordinary 
good sense, yet in no way was she more remark¬ 
able than many other children. Her dying 
experience, therefore, was not the outgrowth 
of a life highly spiritual, nor was it one wdiich 
had been educated in the least degree on the 
lines of mysticism or modern spiritualism.” 

Her father was so deeply impressed “ by 


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what she most undoubtedly said, heard and 
revealed to them,” that he began a careful 
study of the New Testament in the original 
Greek, and published a series of articles later 
on the subject. 1 

The following incident taken from the 
" American S.P.R. Journal ” for 1918 (Vol XII, 
p. 623), was reported by Dr. E. H. Pratt, of 
Chicago : 

" My sister Hattie, while attending school at 
Mt. Carroll Seminary, suffered an attack of malig¬ 
nant diphtheria. She was brought home to be 
under our father's care, but he was unable to save 
her, and after a few days of extreme suffering her 
spirit took its flight into what seems to most of us 
such a dark, impenetrable expanse of appalling 
immensity. A death-bed scene occurred, so 
wonderful, realistic, and impressive, that although 
I was but ten years of age at the time, my memory 
picture of that event is as vivid and distinct as 
though it were taken but yesterday. 

“ Her bed was in the middle of the living-room, 
and my mother, father, younger sister, and a few 
friends were standing about it, gazing earnestly 
upon my sister’s dear features, as the light of life 
gradually went out, and the ashy pallor of death 
settled over them. Hattie’s going out was not 
abrupt. It was a gradual fading away, very calm 

1 “ Resurrection of the Dead," published by Hitchcock 
and Walden, Cincinnati, in 1872. 


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and apparently free from pain. Although her 
throat was so choked up with diphtheritic mem¬ 
brane that her voice was very thick, and it required 
close attention to catch all of her words, her mind 
seemed unusually clear and rational. 

" She knew she was passing away, and was telling 
our mother how to dispose of her little personal 
belongings among her close friends and playmates, 
when she suddenly raised her eyes as though gazing 
at the ceiling toward the farther side of the room, 
and after looking steadily and apparently listening 
for a short time, slightly bowed her head, and said, 

* Yes, Grandma, I am coming, only wait just a 
little while, please/ Our father asked her, 

* Hattie, do you see your grandma ?' Seemingly 
surprised at the question she promptly answered, 

* Yes, Papa, can’t you see her ? She is right there 
waiting for me/ At the same time she pointed 
toward the ceiling in the direction in which she had 
been gazing. Again addressing the vision she 
evidently had of her grandmother, she scowled a 
little impatiently and said, ‘ Yes, Grandma, I’m 
coming, but wait a minute, please.’ She then 
turned once more to her mother, and finished telling 
her what of her personal treasures to give to 
different ones of her acquaintances. At last giving 
her attention once more to her grandma, who was 
apparently urging her to come at once, she bade 
each of us good-bye. Her voice was very feeble 
and faint, but the look in her eyes as she glanced 
briefly at each one of us was as lifelike and intelli¬ 
gent as it could be. She then fixed her eyes 


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steadily on her vision but so faintly that we could 
but just catch her words, said, ' Yes, Grandma, 
I’m coming now/ Then without a struggle or 
evidence of pain of any kind she gazed steadily in 
the direction she had pointed out to us where she 
saw her grandma, until the absence of oxygen in 
her blood-stream, because respiration had ceased, 
left her hands and face all covered with the pallor 
of lifeless flesh. 

“ She was so clear-headed, so positive of the 
vision and presence of her grandma, with whom 
she talked so naturally, so surprised that the rest 
of us could not see grandma, the alternation of her 
attention and conversation between her grandma 
and father and mother were so distinctly photo¬ 
graphed upon the camera of my brain that I have 
never since been able to question the evidence of 
the continuance of distinct recognizable life after 
death. Her grandmother had died a few years 
previously, and before that she and grandma had 
always been such close friends, and the recognition 
of each other as Hattie left her body to join her 
dearly beloved grandma in the realms beyond the 
vision of our physical eyes was so unquestionable 
and complete in every detail that it seems im¬ 
possible to account for the remarkable event on 
any theory except that her grandma was alive and 
so completely like herself while on earth that 
Hattie’s recognition of her was instantaneous and 
unquestionable, a real genuine experience.” 

The following case was communicated to the 


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American S.P.R. by Mr. S. B. Bennett (see 
“ American S.P.R. Journal ” for 1918, Vol. 
XII, p. 607) : t 

" PlTTSTON, Pa., 

" December 15, 1906 

" Mr. G. H. Tench died in 1902, after years of 
patient though intense suffering of cancer. He 
lived in Wilkes-Barre, but was formerly a near 
neighbour of mine in West Pittston, during a 
portion of the time he was a foreman under me 
enjoying mutual confidence and esteem. He 
received deserved promotion by another Coal Co., 
but our personal relation remained the same. 

“ During the last weeks I watched with him as 
often as I could, going back and forth b}^ rail. 
While suffering intensely he would not take nar¬ 
cotics nor stimulating medicine, saying, ‘ I have 
lived Hall Tench and I am going to die that way/ 
The night the end came he roused his younger son, 
telling him to call the family as he was going away. 
He talked entirely rationally to them and was 
fully conscious. Later a brother came to the house 
and upon entering the room G. H. Tench said, 
‘ Good-bye, Will; I am going soon,’ and closed 
his eyes. The family thought the end had come, 
but after a short interval he opened his eyes and, 
looking over and above the bed foot, with raised 
head and every appearance of interest, said clearly 
and distinctly, * Why, they’re all plain people/ 
This closed the scene, which was described to me 
by his wife soon after the funeral. 


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“ Now Tench was not a religious man, although 
attended by a Methodist minister at the last, but 
a moral, upright man in every relation of life, 
thoroughly courageous, as was shown by his refusal 
to have his sensibilities dulled in his suffering. 
Not highly educated, nor a great reader, yet I have 
no doubt he had thought about conditions he had 
to face, and was likely to have imbibed the wings 
and harp idea. Is it not possible that he at the 
last expressed surprise that the people waiting for 
him should be ' all plain people ’ ? I give you this 
as a fact , 

“ (Signed) S. B. Bennett ” 

The following narrative was recorded in the 
“ Journal of the American Society for Psychical 
Research ” (1918, p. 603), having been sent to 
Prof. Hyslop by Mr. Rud. C. Gittermann, a 
member of the English S.P.R. He writes as 
follows : 

My father died in Germany on March 18th, 
1892, and my mother then came to live with us at 
Odessa. Shortly after she fell ill, and died on 
May 6th of the following year, 1893. Both she 
and my father had always been most sceptical of 
anything concerning the existence and survival of 
the soul. 

" A few minutes before her death she regained 
consciousness (having been in a state of coma for 
two hours previously), raised herself in her bed, 
stretched out her arms, and with a happy smile on 


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her face, cried out, ‘ Papa ! Papa ! ’ just as if she 
suddenly saw him in front of her. Immediately 
after she fell back into the arms of my wife, and 
expired. 

“ My mother used to call her husband ' Papa, 5 
just as we children did. 

“ I certify that this is a perfectly true account 
of what took place. 

“ (Signed) Rud. C. Gittermann ” 

The following abridged account of the last 
days of the American poet, Horace Traubel, is 
taken from a fuller narrative in the American 
S.P.R. “ Journal ” for 1921 (Vol. XV, pp. 
114-123). 

Horace Traubel (1858-1919) was the Boswell 
of Walt Whitman ; he was also author of a 
number of volumes of poems of the Whitman 
type, which some of his own disciples regard 
as equalling those of his master. He was also 
the founder of the well-known Contemporary 
Club of Philadelphia. 

The abridged account was contributed by 
Mrs. Flora Macdonald Denison, who was 
present at the death-bed, to the April-May 
issue of a Magazine entitled, “ The Sunset of 
Bon Echo/’ as follows : 

“ All day on August 28th Horace was very low 
spirited. Anne’s illness and the going of the Bains 
was too much for him. Mildred was with him a 


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good deal and we decided not to leave him a 
minute. He had been brought in from the veranda 
but absolutely radiant, and on seeing me, he called 
out, ' Look, look, Flora, quick, quick, he is going.' 
‘ What, Horace,’ I said, ‘ what do you see ? I 
cannot see anyone.' ‘ Why just over the rock 
Walt appeared, head and shoulders and hat on in 
a golden glory—brilliant and splendid. He reas¬ 
sured me—beckoned to me, and spoke to me, I 
heard his voice but did not understand all he said, 
only “ Come on.” ' 

“ Frank Bain soon came in and he repeated the 
story to him. All the rest of the evening Horace 
was uplifted and happy. So often Horace would 
say, ‘ Do not despise me for my weakness,' but now 
he was quite confident, even jocular, as I handed 
him a drink. 

" On the night of September 3rd Horace was very 
low. I stayed for a few hours with him. Once 
his eyes rolled ; I thought he was dying, but he 
just wanted me to turn him. As I did so, he 
listened and seemed to hear something. Then he 
said, ‘ I hear Walt’s voice, he is talking to me.' 
I said, ' What does he say ? ’ He said, ‘ Walt says, 
“ Come on, come on.” ’ After a time he said, 

‘ Flora, I see them all about me, Bob and Bucke 
and Walt and the rest.’ 

“ Colonel Cosgrave had been with Horace in the 
afternoon and had seen Walt on the opposite side 
of the bed, and felt his presence. Then Walt 
passed through the bed and touched the Colonel’s 
hand, which was in his pocket. The contact was 


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like an electric shock. Horace was also aware of 
Walt’s visible presence and said so. There was no 
gloom about the house. No pne seemed depressed. 
A feeling of triumph, of pride, and of exultation 
permeated the atmosphere.” 

A letter was afterwards received by Mr. 
Walter Prince of the American S.P.R., from 
Col. Cosgrave, confirming the statement given 
by Mrs. Flora Denison as above. 

There are several cases of which records have 
been preserved in the ** Proceedings ” of the 
Society for Psychical Research and elsewhere, 
in which an account is given of those watching 
beside a dying relative having had a vision of 
spirit forms near the bed. 

" In one case 1 two women watching by their 
dying sister, Charlotte, saw a bright light and 
within it two young faces hovering over the bed, 
gazing intently at Charlotte; the elder sister 
recognized these faces as being two of her brothers, 
William and John, who had died when she was 
young. The two sisters continued to watch the 
faces till they gradually ‘faded away like a washed- 
out picture,’ and shortly afterwards their sister 
Charlotte died.” 

Mr. Podmore, who investigated this case, 
remarks that it is possible the vision was due 
to a telepathic impact from the dying person, 
1 See “ Proceedings S.P.R.,” Vol. VI, p. 293. 


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but this explanation is less tenable and quite 
as unlikely as is the percipience of spirit forms 
by the dying person and sometimes by those 
present. Mr. Podmore, with his usual preju¬ 
dice against any supernormal explanation 
remarks on this that “ the images traditionally 
associated with death receive a sensory em¬ 
bodiment,” but this point of view is not 
appropriate to the two following cases where 
the percipients being very young children 
could hardly be supposed to have any mental 
images traditionally associated with death, 
nor does it account for the “ collective hallu¬ 
cination ” described in Miss Pearson’s case, 
pp. 35 , 36. 

This case is quoted by Stainton Moses : 

" Miss H., the daughter of an English clergyman, 
was tending a dying child. His little brother, 
aged three to four years, was in a bed in the same 
room. As the former was dying, the little brother 
woke up, and, pointing to the ceiling with every 
expression of joy, said, ‘ Mother, look at the beauti¬ 
ful ladies round my brother ! How lovely they 
are, they want to take him/ The child died at 
that moment.” 

Another instance is reported by M. Pelusi, 
librarian at the Victor Emmanuel Library at 
Rome (Luce e Ombra, 1920, 20) : 


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" A little girl of three, Hippolyte Notari, partly 
paralysed, was in the same room with her little 
brother of four months, who was dying. The 
father, the mother, and the grandmother of the 
two children were present. About fifteen minutes 
before the death of the infant, little Hippolyte 
stretched out her arms, saying, ‘ Look, mother, 
Aunt Olga.' This Aunt Olga was a younger sister 
of Mme. Notari, who had killed herself a year 
previously owing to a disappointment in love. 
The parents asked, ' Where do you see Aunt 
Olga ? ' The child said, ‘ There, there ! * and tried 
insistently to get out of bed to go to her aunt. 
They let her get up, she ran to an empty chair and 
was much discountenanced because the vision had 
moved to another part of the room. The child 
turned round and said, pointing to a corner, ' Aunt 
Olga is there.' Then she became quiet and the 
baby died." 

In the following case which was communi¬ 
cated by Prof. W. C. Crosby, Associate Member, 
Society for Psychical Research [“ Proceedings 
S.P.R.," Vol. VIII, pp. 229-231] the vision 
was seen by the nurse during the unconscious¬ 
ness of the dying patient. The phantom seen 
was unknown to the percipient. 

" Mrs. Caroline Rogers, seventy-two years old, 
a widow who had been twice married, and whose 
first husband, a Mr. Tisdale, died about thirty-five 
years ago, has lived on Ashland Street, in Roslin- 
dale, Mass., for the last twenty-five years ; and 


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since the death of her last child some years ago she 
has lived quite alone. Early in March of this 
year she was stricken with paralysis, and after an 
illness of nearly six weeks died on the afternoon of 
Tuesday, April 15th. 

“ Mrs. Mary Wilson, a professional nurse, forty- 
five years old, attended Mrs. Rogers during her 
illness, remaining with her almost constantly until 
she died. She had never seen Mrs. Rogers before 
the latter’s illness, and knew nothing of her family 
or history. Mrs. Rogers spoke frequently to Mrs. 
Wilson, and also to others, as had long been her 
custom, of her second husband, Mr. Rogers, and 
children, expressing a desire to see them again, 
etc. 

“ On the afternoon of April 14th, Mrs. Rogers 
became unconscious, and remained so all the time 
until her death twenty-four hours later. Mrs. 
Wilson sat up with her through the whole of 
Monday night. Mrs. Wilson’s daughter Ida, 
twenty-five years old, kept her mother company, 
and a boy of ten or twelve years slept in an adjoin¬ 
ing chamber, to be called in case of an emergency. 
These four were the only persons in the house. The 
outer doors were securely locked, the door leading 
from the sick chamber on the second floor into 
the hall was kept locked all the time because it 
was near the foot of Mrs. Rogers’ bed; and 
entrance to the sick chamber was gained by passing 
from the upper hall into the living-room by a door 
which was locked that night, and thence through 
the chamber in which the boy slept—the two 


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chambers having been made to communicate by 
cutting a door through the back of a small closet. 
This door was diagonally facing the bed on which 
Mrs. Rogers lay. Mrs. Wilson rested on a settee 
placed at right angles to the head of Mrs. R/s 
bed, so that when lying down her face was almost 
directly opposite this door and not more than ten 
or twelve feet from it. The lamp, which burned 
brightly all night, stood on a small table in the 
corner of the room directly opposite the door ; 
and Ida occupied a couch against the wall and 
between the lamp and door. 

“ Mrs. Wilson was pretty well worn out with her 
long vigil; believing that Mrs. Rogers was dying, 
she was naturally very nervous and timid ; and 
having heard Mrs. R. speak frequently of seeing 
her departed friends, etc., she had a feeling of 
expectancy and dread with regard to supernatural 
visitations. Between two and three a.m., while 
her daughter was asleep, and while she was resting 
on the settee, but wide awake, she happened to 
look toward the door into the adjoining chamber 
and saw a man standing exactly in the doorway, 
the door being kept open all the time. He was 
middle-sized, broad-shouldered, with shoulders 
thrown back, had a florid complexion, reddish- 
brown hair (bareheaded) and beard, and wore a 
brown sack overcoat, which was unbuttoned. His 
expression was grave, neither stem nor pleasant, 
and he seemed to look straight at Mrs. Wilson, 
and then at Mrs. Rogers without moving. Mrs. 
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tried to think how he could have got into the house. 
Then, as he remained quite motionless, she began 
to realize that it was something uncanny, and 
becoming frightened, turned her head away and 
called her daughter, who v/as still asleep on the 
couch, awakening her. On looking back at the 
door after an interval of a minute or two the 
apparition had disappeared ; both its coming and 
going were noiseless, and Mrs. Rogers remained 
perfectly quiet, and so far as could be known 
entirely unconscious during this time. The 
chamber into which this door leads being quite 
dark, there was no opportunity to observe whether 
or not the apparition was transparent. Mrs. 
Wilson shortly afterwards went into this chamber 
and the living-room, but did not examine the 
lower part of the house until morning, when the 
doors were found properly locked and everything 
all right. 

“ In the morning Mrs. Rogers’ niece, Mrs. 
Hildreth, who lives in the neighbourhood, and has 
known Mrs. R. and her family for many years, 
called at the house. Mrs. Wilson related her 
experience to her and asked if the apparition 
resembled Mr. Rogers, and Mrs. Hildreth replied 
emphatically that it did not. (All who knew Mr. 
Rogers are agreed on this point.) Their conversa¬ 
tion was interrupted then, but when resumed 
later in the day Mrs. Hildreth said that Mrs. 
Wilson’s description agreed exactly with Mr. 
Tidsale, Mrs. Rogers’ first husband. Mrs. Rogers 
came to Roslindale after marrying Mr. Rogers, 


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and Mrs. Hildreth is the only person in that vicinity 
who ever saw Mr. Tisdale ; and in Mrs. Rogers’ 
house there is no portrait of him nor anything 
suggestive of his personal appearance. Mrs. 
Wilson is also very positive that the apparition 
was unlike anyone she ever knew. 

“ Mrs. Wilson has had similar experiences before, 
and at least one, which occurred when she was 
eighteen years old, which appears to have been 
veridical. 

“ The foregoing account of my experience is 
correct in every particular. 

“ (Signed) Mary Wilson ” 

“ The foregoing is a full and accurate statement 
of Mrs. Wilson’s experience as she related it to me 
on the morning of April 15th. 

" (Signed) F. E. Hildreth ” 

June 5 th, 1890 

“ Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Hildreth have both 
impressed me as being intelligent and perfectly 
honest and truthful; and I have no doubt that 
Mrs. Wilson’s experience was real and substantially 
as she has described it. 

“ (Signed) W. O. Crosby ” 


CHAPTER IV 


VISIONS SEEN BY THE DYING OF LIVING 
PERSONS AT A DISTANCE—IN SOME CASES 
RECIPROCAL 

W E now come to a somewhat different and 
large class of cases where the veil which 
hides the spiritual world is not for a few 
moments lifted for the dying percipients, but 
their souls appear to be transported to a 
different place on earth and they are able to 
see persons who may be at a remote distance. 
Such cases are usually called instances of 
“ travelling clairvoyance ” and numerous well- 
attested facts of this kind have been collected 
in “ Phantasms of the Living/’ to which my 
readers are referred. 

There are, however, a few cases which are 
worthy of special notice, wherein the dying 
persons appear not only to make themselves 
visible at a distance, but also inform those 
around them where they have been, and that 
they have visited those whom they desired to 
see. 

One of the most remarkable and pathetic of 
these so-called “ reciprocal cases ” was related 
to me by that gifted and venerable Quaker lady, 
Miss Anna Maria Fox, when we were on a 
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voyage to Canada for the British Association 
Meeting in 1884. Miss Fox and her sister 
Caroline were well known to savants in the last 
generation, 1 for their beautiful place “ Penjer- 
rick,” near Falmouth in Cornwall, was the 
rendezvous of many eminent scientific and 
literary men, and nearly fifty years ago I had 
the privilege of enjoying their hospitality. 
When narrating the incident, Miss Fox referred 
me to her relatives, the Birkbecks, for confir¬ 
mation of it : and this was given me when I 
made inquiries shortly afterwards. 

Mr. Myers has given an abridged record of 
the same case, 2 which he obtained from another 
member of the same family, Mrs. Charles Fox 
of Falmouth, who had heard the account from 
one of the percipients. 

The incident is nearly two centuries old, but 
as Mr. Myers says, the Fox family is one which 
would carefully preserve evidence of this kind. 
As an illustration of this fact I may state that 
the narrative which Miss Anna Maria Fox gave 
me was practically identical with that given by 
Mrs. Charles Fox, which I now quote : 

“ In 1739 Mrs. Birkbeck, wife of William Birk- 
beck, banker, of Settle, and a member of the 
Society of Friends, was taken ill and died at 

1 See “ Memoirs of Caroline Fox.” 

2 See ” Phantasms of the Living,” Vol. II, p. 560. 


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Cockermouth, while returning from a journey to 
Scotland, which she had undertaken alone—-her 
husband and three children, aged seven, five, and 
four years respectively, remaining at Settle. The 
friends at whose house the death occurred made 
notes of every circumstance attending Mrs. Birk- 
beck’s last hours, so that the accuracy of the several 
statements as to time, as well as place, was beyond 
the doubtfulness of man’s memory, or of any even 
unconscious attempt to bring them into agreement 
with each other. 

“ One morning, between seven and eight o’clock, 
the relation to whom the care of the children at 
Settle had been entrusted, and who kept a minute 
journal of all that concerned them, went into their 
bedroom as usual, and found them all sitting up 
in their beds in great excitement and delight. 

* Mamma has been here ! ’ they cried, and the little 
one said, ‘ She called " Come, Esther ! ” ’ Nothing 
could make them doubt the fact, and it was care¬ 
fully noted down, to entertain the mother on her 
return home. That same morning, as their mother 
lay on her dying bed at Cockermouth, she said, 

‘ I should be ready to go if I could but see my 
children.’ She then closed her eyes, to reopen 
them, as they thought, no more. But after ten 
minutes of perfect stillness she looked up brightly 
and said, ‘ I am ready now ; I have been with my 
children ’ ; and then at once peacefully passed 
away. When the notes taken at the two places 
were compared, the day, hour, and minutes were 
the same. 


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" One of the three children was my grandmother, 
nee Sarah Birkbeck, afterwards the wife of Dr. 
Fell, of Ulverston. From hei; lips I heard the above 
almost literally as I have repeated it. The eldest 
was Morris Birkbeck, afterwards of Guildford. 
Both these lived to old age, and retained to the 
last so solemn and reverential a remembrance of 
the circumstance that they rarely would speak of 
it. Esther, the youngest, died soon after. Her 
brother and sister heard the child say that her 
mother called her, but could not speak with any 
certainty of having themselves heard the words, 
nor were sensible of more than their mother's 
standing there and looking on them." 

The case of Mrs. Goffe is also of remote date, 
1691, but is taken from a contemporary report 
made by the Rev. T. Tilson in a letter he 
addressed to the famous divine, Richard 
Baxter, who published it in a book he wrote. 1 
The case is given in “ Phantasms of the 
Living " (Vol. II, pp. 558, 559) and the authors 
state that the narrative cannot be impugned 
on the ground of any credulity on the part of 
Baxter, and quote an authority on this point. 
It will be seen that the incidents in the following 
narrative are curiously parallel to the pre¬ 
ceding case of Mrs. Birkbeck. Though Mr. 
Tilson’s letter which we now quote, is somewhat 

1 See Baxter’s “ The World of Spirits ” (1691), pp. 
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long, it is better to give his own words rather 
than an abstract. 


“July 6th, 1691 

" Mary, the wife of John Goffe, of Rochester, 
being afflicted with a long illness, removed to her 
father’s house at West Mulling, which was about 
nine miles distant from her own ; there she died, 
June 4th, 1691. The day before her departure 
she grew impatiently desirous to see her two 
children, whom she had left at home, to the care of 
a nurse. She prayed her husband to hire a horse, 
for she must go home to die with her children. 

‘'Between one and two o’clock in the morning 
she fell into a trance. One widow Turner, who 
watched with her that night, says that her eyes 
were open and fixed, and her jaw fallen ; she put 
her hand on her mouth and nostrils, but could 
perceive no breath ; she thought her to be in a fit, 
and doubted whether she was alive or dead. The 
next day this dying woman told her mother that 
she had been at home with her children. ‘ That 
is impossible,’ said the mother, ‘ for you have been 
here in bed all the while.’ ‘Yes,’ replied the 
other, ‘ but I was with them last night while I was 
asleep.' 

“ The nurse at Rochester, widow Alexander by 
name, affirms and says she will take her oath of it 
before a magistrate, and receive the sacrament 
upon it, that a little before two o’clock that morning 
she saw the likeness of the said Mary Goffe come 
out of the next chamber (where the elder child lay 


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in a bed by itself, the door being left open), and 
stood by her bedside for about a quarter of an 
hour ; the younger child was there lying by her ; 
her eyes moved, and her mouth went, but she said 
nothing. The nurse, moreover, says that she was 
perfectly awake ; it was then daylight, being one 
of the longest days in the year. She sat up in her 
bed, and looked steadfastly upon the apparition ; 
at that time she heard the bridge clock strike two, 
and a while after said, ‘ In the name of the Father, 
Son, and Holy Ghost, what art thou ? ’ There¬ 
upon the appearance removed and went away ; 
she slipped on her clothes and followed, but what 
became of it she cannot tell. Then, and not before, 
she began to be grieviously affrighted, and went 
out of doors, and walked upon the wharf (the house 
is just by the river-side) for some hours, only going 
in now and then to look at the children. At five 
o’clock she went to a neighbour’s and knocked at 
the door, but they would not rise ; at six she went 
again, then they rose and let her in. She related 
to them all that had passed ; they would persuade 
her she was mistaken, or dreamt; but she confi¬ 
dently affirmed, ‘ If ever I saw her in all my life, I 
saw her this night.’ ” [The writer than gives an 
account of how one of those to whom she related 
the story confirmed the above narrative.] 

“ The substance of this statement was related to 
me by John Carpenter, the father of the deceased, 
the next day after the burial—July 2. I fully dis¬ 
coursed the matter with the nurse and two neigh¬ 
bours, to whose house she went that morning. 




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$7 


Two days after I had it from the mother, the 
minister that was with her in the evening, and the 
woman who sat up with her last that night. They 
all agree in the same story, and every one helps to 
strengthen the other’s testimony. They all appear 
to be sober, intelligent persons, far enough off from 
designing to impose a cheat upon the world, or to 
manage a lie ; and what temptation they should 
lie under for so doing I cannot conceive. 

“ (Signed) Thomas Tilson ” 

The next case, also contributed by Mr. 
Myers, is an account given by the Ellis family 
to Mr. Myers, of a vision which their father, 
Mr. Ellis, who was dying in Kensington, had 
of his son, Robert, at that time in Australia. 
The Misses Ellis state : 

“ On Wednesday, December 29th, 1869, my 
father, who was dangerously ill at the time, awoke 
from a sleep, and raising himself up in the bed 
pointed and looked most intently to one corner of 
the room and said to us (my sister Mary and me), 
‘ Look ! don’t you see ? it is my poor boy Bob’s 
head ! ’ Then turning to me, he said, ‘ Norman 
Town, don’t forget, Gulf of Carpentaria.’ He then 
sank back exhausted. This happened about three 
p.m. We found, after his death, he had entered the 
address in red ink in his pocket-book—my brother 
having left Bourke Town and gone to Norman 
Town—so that the next packet of letters were sent 
there. My father died on Thursday, Dec. 30th, 


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1869. When my brother returned from Australia 
a few years after, he told us that one night, whilst 
camping out, he had gone t© rest and had slept, 
and he awoke seeing my father’s head distinctly in 
one part of his tent. It made such an impression 
on him that he went to his mate in the adjoining 
tent and said, ‘ I have seen my father ; you must 
come and stay with me.’ By the next mail he 
received my letter telling him of my father’s death. 

“ My brother said it must have been about 
three a.m. when he saw my father. Would not 
that correspond with our three p.m. ? I always 
think they must have seen each other at the same 
time. 

“ (Signed) Alice Ellis 
“ Mary Ellis ” 

Mr. Myers states that in conversation with 
the narrators, he ascertained that Mr. Ellis was 
not in the least delirious during his last days, 
and that he was deeply attached to his absent 
son. 

In this case in connexion with the Vision of 
his father seen by Mr. Robert Ellis, it may be 
interesting to note that another case of appari¬ 
tion, occurring to her husband some years later, 
is given by Mrs. Robert Ellis. She states that on 
Tuesday , December 19, 1876, between 6 and 
7 p.m., when she and Mr. Ellis were sitting 
talking together, he suddenly looked over his 
shoulder with a startled, almost terrified look. 


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and on being asked what was the matter, he 
said that he had imagined he saw someone 
coming in at the door. Subsequently he stated 
that he distinctly saw the tall dark figure of a 
man, but could not distinguish his features. 
He was greatly agitated. Later on a telegram 
was received, giving news of the sudden death 
of Mrs. Robert Ellis’ brother in Mexico on 
Tuesday, the 19 th December, at seven o’clock in 
the evening. He and Mr. Robert Ellis had 
been very great friends. 

This case is taken from “ Phantasms of the 
Living,” Vol. II, p. 253 : 

" The lady who sends us the following narrative 
occupies a position of great responsibility, and 
desires that her name may not be published, but 
it may be given to inquirers : 

“ ‘ When I was eight months old, my mother’s 
youngest sister, Mercy Cox, came to reside with us 
and to take charge of me. My father’s position at 
the Belgian Court as portrait painter obliged him 
to be much abroad, and I was left almost wholly 
to the care of my very beautiful aunt. The affec¬ 
tion that subsisted between us amounted almost to 
idolatry, and my poor mother wept many bitter 
tears when she came home to see how little I cared 
for anyone else. My aunt took cold, and for three 
years lingered in decline. I was a quick child and 
could read well and even play prettily, so that I 
was her constant companion day and night. Our 


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doctor, Mr. Field, of the Charter House, greatly 
disapproved of this close contact, and urged my 
parents to send me quite away. This was a difficult 
feat to accomplish, the bare mention of the thing 
throwing my aunt into fain tings. At last Mr, 
Cumberland (the theatrical publisher) suggested 
that I should join his two daughters, Caroline, aged 
16, and Lavinia, younger, at Mrs. Hewetson’s, the 
widow of a clergyman resident at Stourpaine, in 
Dorsetshire, who only took four young ladies. This 
was represented to my aunt as something so won¬ 
derfully nice and advantageous to me that she con¬ 
sented to part with me. My portrait was painted 
and placed by her bed, and I remember how con¬ 
stantly she talked to me about our separation. She 
knew she would be dead before the year of my 
absence would be ended. She talked to me of this, 
and of how soon I should forget her ; but she 
vehemently protested that she would come to me 
there. Sometimes it was to be as an apple-woman 
for me to buy fruit of, sometimes as a maid wanting 
a place, always she would know me, but I should 
not know her, till I cried and implored to know 
her. 

“ ‘ I was but nine when they sent me away, and 
coach travelling was very slow in those days. 
Letters too were dear, and I very rarely had one. 
My parents had sickness and troubles, and they 
believed the reports that I was well and happy, but 
I was a very miserable, ill-treated little girl. One 
morning at break of day—it was New Year’s Day 
—I was sleeping beside Lavinia. We two shared 


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one little white tester bed with curtains, while 
Caroline—upon whom I looked with awe, she being 
16, slept in another similar bed at the other end 
of a long, narrow room, the beds being placed so 
that the feet faced each other, and two white 
curtains hung down at the sides of the head. This 
New Year’s morning I was roughly waked by 
Lavinia shaking me and exclaiming, “ Oh, look 
there ! There’s your aunt in bed with Caroline.” 
Seeing two persons asleep in the bed I jumped out 
and ran to the right side of it. There lay my aunt, 
a little on her right side, fast asleep, with her 
mouth a little open. I recognized her worked 
nightgown and cap. I stood bewildered, with a 
childish sort of w r onder as to when she could have 
come ; it must have been after I went to bed at 
night. Lavinia’s cries awakened Caroline, who as 
soon as she could understand, caught the curtains 
on each side and pulled them together over her. 
I tore them open, but only Caroline lay there, 
almost fainting from fright. This lady, Miss 
Cumberland, afterwards became Mrs. Part, wife of 
a celebrated doctor at Camden Terrace [and now 
deceased]. 

“ 'I never talked of what had occurred, but one 
day after I had returned home, I said to my 
mother, " Do you know, Mamma, I saw Auntie 
when I was at school.” This led to an explana¬ 
tion, but my mother instead of commenting upon 
it, went and fetched her mother saying to her, 
“ Listen to what this child says.” Young as I was 
I saw they were greatly shocked, but they would 


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tell me nothing except that when I was older I 
should know all. The day came when I learned 
that my dear aunt suffered i dreadfully from the 
noise of St. Bride’s bells, ringing in the New Year. 
My father tried to get them stopped but could not. 
Towards morning she became insensible; my 
mother and grandmother seated on either side of 
her and holding her hands, she awoke and said to 
my mother, “ Now I shall die happy, Anna, I 
have seen my dear child.” They were her last 
words. 

“ ‘ (Signed) D. E. W.’ 

“No general register of deaths was kept at the 
time of the incident here related, and we have 
exhausted every means to discover a notice of 
the death, without success. But we have pro¬ 
cured a certificate of Mercy Cox’s burial, which 
took place on January n, 1829. This is quite 
compatible with the statement that the death 
was on January 1st (though such an interval, 
even in winter, is no doubt unusual), as the lady 
was buried in a family vault, and probably a 
lead coffin had to be made. January 1st would 
be, at the very least, a day of very critical illness. 
As to the date of the apparition, the marked 
character of New Year’s Day decidedly favours 
the probability that Miss W.’s memory is cor¬ 
rect. 

*' In answer to inquiries, Miss W. says : 

“ * I was born in 1819. The death of my aunt 
took place in 1829. Though to my most intimate 


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friends—as Sir Philip Cramp ton, the late Earl and 
Countesses (2) of Dunraven—I have often men¬ 
tioned the event (and to Judge Halliburton), I 
think I never wrote it fully except for Lord Dun- 
raven and his mother, in 1850, who were very 
desirous to publish it, but I declined. I think that 
a great reason I have always had for not talking 
of it was the awe with which it inspired my mother, 
and her strict commands that " I should not men¬ 
tion it to anybody/' Then, too, I went to school 
and lost sight of Lavinia Cumberland, and I shrank 
from the comments of strangers/ 

“ In conversation Miss W. added that she had 
never experienced any other hallucination ; also 
that the Cumberland girls had visited her home, 
and seen her aunt—which accounts for Lavinia’s 
recognition of the figure. 

“ [We learn through a relative of Miss Lavinia 
Cumberland that she herself does not recall the 
incident; but that she remembers hearing her 
sister speak of a ‘ ghost case ’ in which they had 
both been somehow concerned.] ” 

The following case Mr. Myers contributes to 

Phantasms of the Living ” (Vol. II, 
p. 305), and he remarks that it is a narrative 
of whose accuracy there is no reason to doubt, 
as the narrator, Dr. O. B. Ormsby—who wrote 
from a place called Murphysborough, Illinois, 
U.S.A., in 1884—had been in communication 
with Mr. Myers, and replied to his questions. 


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The narrative, which I abridge, is as 
follows : 

* 

In 1862 Dr. Ormsby was acting as Assistant 
Surgeon to the 18th Illinois Volunteers ; the regi¬ 
ment having gone forward to attack Fort Henry, 
he was left behind in charge of the sick. Among 
these was a young man called Albert Adams, a 
sergeant-major, in whom the doctor seems to have 
been specially interested. He removed him from 
the hospital and took him into a private house ; 
the adjoining apartment to that occupied by the 
patient was divided from his room only by a thin 
partition ; this other room was occupied by the 
doctor’s wife. 

The man was dying and all the afternoon he 
could only speak in whispers ; his father was sent 
for, and at 11 p.m. Sergeant Adams to all appear¬ 
ance died. Dr. Ormsby, who was at the time 
standing beside the father by the bed, states that, 
thinking the bereaved man might faint in the keen¬ 
ness of his grief, he led him away to a chair in the 
back part of the room, and himself returned to the 
bedside, intending to close the eyes of Adams, who 
he thought had expired. Dr. Ormsby then states : 
" As I reached the bedside the supposed dead man 
looked suddenly up in my face, and said, ‘ Doctor, 
what day is it ? ’ I told him the day of the month, 
and he answered, ' That is the day I died.’ His 
father had sprung to the bedside, and Adams 
turning his eyes on him said, * Father, our boys 
have taken Fort Henry, and Charlie (his brother) 


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isn’t hurt. I’ve seen mother and the children, and 
they are well.’ 

“ He then gave comprehensive directions regard¬ 
ing his funeral, speaking of the corpse as ‘ my body,’ 
and occupying, I should think, as much as five 
minutes. He then turned towards me and again 
said, ‘ Doctor, what day is it ? ’ and I answered 
him as before. He again repeated, * That’s the 
day I died,’ and instantly was dead. His tones 
were quite full and distinct, and so loud as to be 
readily heard in the adjoining room, and were so 
heard by Mrs. Ormsby. 

“ (Signed) O. B. Ormsby, m.d.” 

In reply to further questions, Dr. Ormsby 
wrote that he had no opportunity to learn 
whether what was said about the mother and 
children was correct, but that he learned after¬ 
wards that Fort Henry was taken, and the 
brother was uninjured. 


CHAPTER V 

t 

MUSIC HEARD AT THE TIME OF DEATH 
BY THE DYING OR BY PERSONS PRESENT 
AT A DEATH-BED 

A MONG the numerous cases in which music 
Gs heard at the time of death, the following 
incident, well attested by different observers, 
is quoted from “ Phantasms of the Living, 55 
Vol. II, p. 639 : 

A master of Eton College, Mr. L., wrote to 
Mr. Gurney in February, 1.884, enclosing a 
memorandum which was made shortly after 
the death of his mother, which occurred in 
1881. 

It appears that at the time of her death 
there were several persons present in the room, 
namely, the Matron of Mr. L. 5 s house (Miss H.), 
a middle-aged, experienced woman ; the doctor 
in attendance (Dr. G.) ; a friend of the dying 
lady (Miss I.) ; and two other persons (Eliza 
W. and Charlotte C.). 

Immediately after Mrs. L/s death, Miss H. 
and Charlotte C. left the room to procure some¬ 
thing, and shortly after they had left Miss I. 
heard a sound of <f low, soft music, exceedingly 
sweet, as of three girls 5 voices. 55 It seemed to 

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come from the street and passed away. Dr. G. 
also heard it and went to the window to look 
out. No one could be seen outside in the 
street. Eliza W. who was in the room also 
heard a sound as of “ very low, sweet singing/' 
Mr. L. himself, who sends the memorandum, 
heard nothing. The two others who had left 
the room, Miss H. and Charlotte C., distinctly 
heard the sound of singing as they were coming 
upstairs. 

Later on, when those present were talking 
over the matter, they found that each one of 
them had heard the sound of singing and 
music —except Mr. L. 

It was specially noticeable that the staircase, 
up which Miss H. and Charlotte C. were coming, 
was at the back of the house and away from 
the street. The time of Mrs. L.'s death was 
about 2 a.m. on July 28, 1881. 

In reply to inquiries Miss I. sent the follow¬ 
ing memorandum which she made immediately 
after the death of her friend, Mrs. L. ; it is as 
follows : 

" July 2 8th, 1881 

“ Just after dear Mrs. L.’s death between 2 and 
3 a.m., I heard a most sweet and singular strain of 
singing outside the windows ; it died away after 
passing the house. All in the room [except Mr. L.] 
heard it, and the medical attendant, who was still 
with us, went to the window, as I did, and looked 


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out, but there was nobody. It was a bright and 
beautiful night. It was as if several voices were 
singing in perfect unison a most sweet melody 
which died away in the distance. Two persons 
had gone from the room to fetch something and 
were coming upstairs at the back of the house and 
heard the singing and stopped, saying, ' What is 
that singing ? * They could not, naturally, have 
heard any sound from outside the windows in the 
front of the house from where they were at the 
back. 

" E. I.” 

Dr. G., who was in attendance upon Mrs. L., 
writes to Mr. Gurney in 1884, as follows : 

" Eton, Windsor 

“ I remember the circumstance perfectly. I was 
sent for about midnight, and remained with Mrs. L, 
until her death about 2.30 a.m. Shortly after we 
heard a few bars of lovely music, not unlike that 
from an aeolian harp—and it filled the air for a few 
seconds. I went to the window and looked out, 
thinking there must be someone outside, but could 
see no one though it was quite light and clear. 
Strangely enough, those outside the room heard the 
same sounds, as they were coming upstairs quite at 
the other side of the door [house]/' 

Mr. Gurney adds a note that as Mr. L., 
although present at the time of his mother’s 
death, did not share the experience of the 


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others, this is strong evidence that the sounds 
did not come from any persons singing outside 
the house, and the other evidence quoted 
confirms this. 

There are, however, many cases in which the 
dying persons or those near the bedside have 
heard musical sounds which could not be 
attributed to any earthly source. These sounds 
may have their origin, in some cases at least, 
in the minds of the living. 

The following case appears to point to a 
hallucinatory origin of the music heard. It is 
an interesting case and worth quoting in an 
abbreviated form. It is printed in the “ S.P.R. 
Journal/’ Vol. IV, p. 181. 

Here the subject was a deaf mute, John 
Britton, who was taken dangerously ill with 
rheumatic fever, which caused his hands and 
fingers—which were his only means of conver¬ 
sation—to become so swollen that he could not 
use them, greatly to the distress of his relatives, 
to whom he could not make known his wants 
nor his sufferings. 

The narrator, Mr. S. Allen, Steward of 
Haileybury College, and a brother-in-law of 
John Britton, states that the doctor thinking 
John could not recover, they had sent for 
members of his family. He adds that when 
he and his wife were in a room below John’s 
3 


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bedroom, they were greatly surprised to hear 
music coming from upstairs, and ran up at 
once to find out what it was. He narrates as 
follows : 

“ We found Jack lying on his back with his eyes 
fixed on the ceiling, and his face lighted up with the 
brightest of smiles. After a little while Jack awoke 
and used the words ‘ Heaven ’ and ‘ beautiful ’ as 
well as he could by means of his lips and facial 
expression. As he became more conscious he also 
told us in the same manner that his brother Tom 
and his sister Harriet were coming to see him. This 
we considered very unlikely as they lived some 
distance off, but shortly afterwards a cab drove up 
from which they alighted. They had sent no inti¬ 
mation of their coming, nor had anyone else. After 
Jack's partial recovery, when he was able to write 
or converse upon his fingers, he told us that he had 
been allowed to see into Heaven and to hear most 
beautiful music." 

Mr. Allen asks, “ How did John know that 
Tom and Harriet were travelling, and how 
could he have heard these musical sounds 
which we also heard ? ” He remarks that the 
music could not have come from next door or 
from the street, and he gives a rough plan of 
his house to show that it was not in a row, and 
that the sounds could not be due to any normal 
cause. 



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101 


Mrs. Allen confirms her husband’s statement, 
and says that she heard the sounds of singing 
which came from her brother’s bedroom, and 
that when she entered the bedroom he was in 
a comatose state and smiling, and his lips were 
moving as if he were in conversation with 
someone, but no sound came from them. Mrs. 
Allen continues, “ when he had recovered 
sufficiently to use his hands he told me more 
details of what he had seen, and used the words 
‘ beautiful music.’ ” She adds that her brother 
died a few years later, and states “ the nurse 
and I were watching in the room, my brother 
was looking just as he did on the former 
occasion, smiling, and he said quite distinctly 
and articulately ‘ Angels ’ and ‘ Home.’ ” 

The Rev. L. S. Milford, a master at Hailey- 
b.ury College, in giving an account of the 
interview he had with Mr. and Mrs. Allen, 
states that “ Mrs. Allen says the sounds she 
heard resembled singing—sweet music without 
distinguishable words—that she went upstairs 
directly she heard the music, which continued 
until she reached the bedroom. Mr. Allen’s 
impression is that the sound resembled the 
full notes of an organ or of an aeolian 
harp.” 

The following interesting case is an instance 
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singing and also had a vision of a lady of whose 
death she was unaware. The case is taken 
from the " Proceedings S.P.R.” for 1885, 1 
and is as follows somewhat abridged : 

Mrs. Z., wife of Col. Z. (a well-known Irish gentle¬ 
man who does not wish his name published), was 
having some friends to stay with her and asked a 
Miss X., who was training as a professional singer, 
to spend a week with her and help to entertain her 
guests. This she did. Several years later Mrs. Z. 
became very ill and expected to die ; she was, 
however, perfectly composed and in the full posses¬ 
sion of her senses, and was anxious to arrange some 
business affairs. For this purpose her husband 
came to her bedside and talked over these matters 
with her. Suddenly she changed the subject and 
said to her husband, “ Do you hear those voices 
singing ? ” Col. Z., who narrates the incident, 
replied that he did not, and his wife continued, “ I 
have heard them several times to-day, and I am 
sure they are the angels welcoming me to Heaven, 
but,” she added, “ it is strange, there is one voice 
among them I am sure I know, but I cannot 
remember whose voice it is.” Suddenly she 
stopped and said, pointing straight over her hus¬ 
band’s head, “ Why, there she is in the comer of 
the room ; it is Julia X. She is coming on ; she 
is leaning over you ; she has her hands up ; she is 
praying. Do look ; she is going.” Her husband 

1 See “ Proceedings S.P.R.,” Vol. Ill, pp. 92, 93 ; also 
“ Human Personality,” Vol. II, p. 339. 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


108 


turned round but could see nothing. His wife then 
said, “ She has gone.” 

These tilings the Colonel at the time believed 
to be merely the phantasms of a dying person, 
but two days afterwards on taking up “ The 
Times ” newspaper, he saw recorded in it the 
death of Julia, who some years previously had 
married a Mr. Webley. He was so astounded 
that a day or two after his wife’s funeral he 
went to see Julia’s father, and asked if his 
daughter were really dead. “ Yes,” he said, 
“ poor thing, she died of puerperal fever, and 
on the day she died she began singing, and sang 
on and on till she died.” 

In a subsequent communication from Colonel 
Z. the following facts were given : 

Mrs. Webley {nee Julia X.) died on February 
2, 1874. 

Mrs. Z. (wife of Colonel Z.) died on February 

13, ^ 74 - 

Colonel Z. saw notice of Mrs. Webley’s 
death on February 14, 1874. 

Mrs. Z. never was subject to hallucinations 
of any sort. 

Mr. Gurney subsequently received a note 
from Mr. Webley (husband of Julia) in which 
he stated that beautiful as his wife’s voice was, 


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it never had been so exquisitely beautiful as 

when she sang just before her death. 

* 

John Bunyan relates an incident of this kind 
which is worth quoting, though its evidential 
value is not very great. 

He states : 

“ Talking of the dying of Christians, I will tell 
you a story of one that died some time since in our 
town. The man was a godly old Puritan, for so 
the godly were called in times past. This man, 
after a long and godly life, fell sick, of the sickness 
whereof he died. And as he lay drawing on, the 
woman that looked to him thought she heard music, 
and that the sweetest that ever she heard in her 
life, which also continued until he gave up the 
ghost. Now, when his soul departed from him 
the music seemed to withdraw, and to go further 
and further off from the house, and so it went until 
the sound was quite gone out of hearing/’ 1 


1 See Bunyan’s “ Works.” Edited by George Offor, 
Vol. Ill, pp. 653, 654. Glasgow, 1855. 


CHAPTER VI 


VISIONS OF THE SPIRIT OF A DYING 
PERSON LEAVING THE BODY 

T HE following case, which is taken from 
the “ S.P.R. Journal ” (Vol. XIII, pp. 
308-311), was sent to Dr. Hodgson by Dr. 
Burgess, an Associate of the American S.P.R. 
The vision was seen only by the husband of the 
dying woman, and by none of the others present 
in the room. The doctor who was present, Dr. 
Renz, testifies that the percipient, Mr. G., “ was 
in a perfectly normal state before and after, 
and that there were features in the vision that 
would not have been likely to occur to him.” 
The percipient, Mr. G., states as follows : 

“ My wife died at 1145 p.m. on Friday, May 
23rd, 1902. Gathered round the bedside were 
some of our most intimate friends, the physician 
in attendance, and two trained nurses. I was 
seated at the bedside holding my wife's hand. . . . 
Earlier in the evening, at 6.45, I happened to look 
towards the door, when I saw floating through the 
doorway three separate and distinct clouds in 
strata. Each cloud appeared to be about four feet 
in length, from six to eight inches in width, the 
lower one about two feet from the ground, the 
others at intervals of about six inches. . . . Slowly 

105 



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these clouds approached the bed until they com¬ 
pletely enveloped it. Then, gazing through the 
mist, I beheld standing at the head of my dying 
wife a woman's figure about three feet in height, 
transparent, yet like a sheen of brightest gold ; a 
figure so glorious in its appearance that no words 
can be used fitly to describe it. She was dressed 
in the Grecian costume, with long, loose and flowing 
sleeves—upon her head a brilliant crown. In all 
its splendour and beauty the figure remained 
motionless with hands uplifted over my wife, 
seeming to express a welcome with a quiet, glad 
countenance, with a dignity of calmness and peace. 
Two figures in white knelt by my wife’s side, 
apparently leaning towards her; other figures 
hovered about the bed, more or less distinct. 

“ Above my wife, and connected with a cord 
proceeding from her forehead, over the left eye, 
there floated in a horizontal position a nude, white 
figure, apparently her ‘ astral body.’ At times the 
suspended figure would lie perfectly quiet, at other 
times it would shrink in size until it was no larger 
than perhaps eighteen inches, but always the figure 
was perfect and distinct. . . . 

“ This vision, or whatever it may be called, I 
saw continuously during the five hours preceding 
the death of my wife. All through those five hours 
I felt a strange feeling of oppression and weight 
upon my head and limbs. . . . 

“ At last the fatal moment arrived ; with a gasp, 
the astral figure struggling, my wife ceased to 
breathe; she apparently was dead : however, a 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


107 


few seconds later she breathed again, twice, and 
then all was still. With her last breath and last 
gasp, as the soul left the body, the cord was 
severed suddenly and the astral figure vanished. 
The clouds and the spirit forms disappeared 
instantly, and, strange to say, all the oppression 
that weighed upon me was gone ; I was myself, 
cool, calm, and deliberate, able to direct, from the 
moment of death, the disposition of the body, its 
preparation for a final resting-place. 

*' I leave my readers to determine whether I was 
labouring under a mental delusion caused by 
anxiety, sorrow and fatigue, or if a glimpse of a 
spirit world of beauty, happiness, calmness, and 
peace was granted to my mortal eyes.” 

The doctor who was present writes as follows : 

" From my own observations I can most posi¬ 
tively put aside a temporary acute state of hallu¬ 
cinatory insanity during the time of the vision just 
recorded. . . I knew Mr. G. well, and I had 
occasion to know that he never read anything in 
the occult line ; that everything that was not a 
proven fact was incompatible with his positive 
mind—so much so that during his vision (of which 
I did not know at the time) he asked me frequently 
if I thought he was going to become insane. . . . 

" As soon as Mrs. G. was dead, Mr. G., who for 
six hours was sitting almost motionless next to her, 
rose and gave all his orders in such a calm and 
business-like way that it surprised all who were 


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present. If he had laboured under a hallucination 
his mind would not have become clear as suddenly 
as it did. It is now 2J weeks since the death and 
the vision. Mr. G. is absolutely normal physically 
as well as mentally. He has attended to his busi¬ 
ness as usual, and, besides, fulfilled many extra¬ 
ordinary duties. 

“ (Signed) C. Renz ” 

Many well authenticated cases are on record 
where the relatives of a person, watching by 
the death-bed, have seen at the moment of 
death a cloudy form rising from the body of 
the deceased and hovering for a time in the 
room and then passing away. 

Lady Mount Temple informed me that some¬ 
thing of this kind was noticed by a psychic 
friend of hers, who was present at the death of 
Lord Mount Temple. Others present did not 
see it. 

In a letter that has recently been sent me of 
a late well-known dignitary of the Church (a 
Dean) in New South Wales, he describes the 
death of his son a few years ago. 

He says that at about 3.30 p.m. he and his 
wife were standing one on each side of the bed 
and bending over their dying son, when just 
as his breathing ceased they both saw “ some¬ 
thing rise as it were from his face like a delicate 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


109 


veil or mist, and slowly pass away.” He adds, 
“ We were deeply impressed and remarked, 

‘ How wonderful! Surely that must be the 
departure of his spirit/ We were not at all 
distracted so as to be mistaken in what we 
saw.” 

The following cases are recorded by Mrs. Joy 
Snell, in her book, “ The Ministry of Angels ” : 

‘' It was about six months after I began work in 
the hospital that it was revealed to me that the 
dying often really do see those who have come from 
the realms of spirit life to welcome them on their 
entrance into another state of existence. 

“ The first time that I received this ocular proof 
was at the death of Laura Stirman, a sweet girl of 
seventeen, who was a personal friend of mine. She 
was a victim of consumption. She suffered no 
pain, but the weariness that comes from extreme 
weakness and debility was heavy upon her and she 
yearned for rest. 

“ short time before she expired I became aware 
that two spirit forms were standing by the bed¬ 
side, one on either side of it. I did not see them 
enter the room ; they were standing by the bedside 
when they first became visible to me, but I could 
see them as distinctly as I could any of the human 
occupants of the room. I recognized their faces as 
those of two girls who had been the closest friends 
of the girl who was dying. They had passed away 
a year before and were then about her own age. 


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" Just before they appeared the dying girl 
exclaimed, f It has grown suddenly dark ; I cannot 
see anything ! ’ But she recognized them imme¬ 
diately. A smile, beautiful to see, lit up her face. 
She stretched forth her hands and in joyous tones 
exclaimed, ‘ Oh, you have come to take me away ! 
I am glad, for I am very tired/ 

“ As she stretched forth her hands the two angels 
extended each a hand, one grasping the dying girl’s 
right hand, the other her left hand. Their faces 
were illumined by a smile more radiantly beautiful 
even than that of the face of the girl who was so 
soon to find the rest for which she longed. She 
did not speak again, but for nearly a minute her 
hands remained outstretched, grasped by the hands 
of the angels, and she continued to gaze at them 
with the glad light in her eyes and the smile on 
her face. 

“ Her father, mother, and brother, who had been 
summoned that they might be present when the 
end came, began to weep bitterly, for they knew 
that she was leaving them. From my heart there 
went up a prayer that they might see what I saw, 
but they could not. 

“The angels seemed to relax their grasp of the 
girl’s hands, which then fell back on the bed. A 
sigh came from her lips, such as one might give 
who resigns himself gladly to a much-needed sleep, 
and in another moment she was what the world 
calls dead. But that sweet smile with which she 
had first recognized the angels was still stamped 
on her features. 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


111 


“ The two angels remained by the bedside during 
the brief space that elapsed before the spirit form 
took shape above the body in which physical life 
had ceased. Then they rose and stood for a few 
moments one on each side of her, who was now 
like unto themselves ; and three angels went from 
the room where a short time before there had been 
only two/’ 

“ About a month after the death of Laura Stir- 
man, which I have just related, another friend of 
mine died in the hospital, a Mr. Campbell, a man 
of 45. It was pneumonia that carried him off. He 
was a good and devout man and for him death held 
no terrors, for he was sure that it was but the 
transition to a happier, more exalted life than can 
be lived here. His only regret at dying was that 
he w r ould leave behind him a dearly-loved wife ; 
but that regret was softened by the assurance that 
their parting would be only for a time, and that she 
would join him some day in that other world 
whither he was going. 

“ She was sitting by his bed, and, believing as he 
believed, was awaiting the end with resignation. 
About an hour before he died he called her by 
name, and pointing upwards, said, ‘ Look, L——, 

there is B-! He is waiting for me. And now 

he smiles and holds out his hands to me. Can’t 
you see him ? ’ ‘No, dear, I cannot see him,’ she 
replied, ‘ but I know that he is there because you 
see him.’ B— was their only child who had 
been taken from them about a year before, when 





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between five and six years of age. I could plainly 
see the little angel with curly flaxen hair and blue 
eyes, and garbed in what b call the spirit robe. 
The face was just that of a winsome child, but 
etherealized and radiant as no earthly faces ever 
are. 

“The father had been greatly weakened by the 
ravages of his disease, and the joyful emotion 
occasioned by seeing his angel child seemed to 
exhaust what little vitality he had left. He closed 
his eyes and sank into a placid sleep. He remained 
in that state for about an hour, the angel child 
meanwhile staying poised above the bed with 
an expression of glad expectancy on his radiant 
face. Occasionally he looked lovingly at his 
mother. 

“ The breathing of the dying man grew fainter 
and fainter until it ceased altogether. Then again 
I witnessed what had now become a familiar 
spectacle to me—the formation of the spirit body 
above the discarded earthly body. When it was 
complete the angel child grasped the hand of the 
now angel father, each gazed into the eyes of the 
other with an expression of the tenderest affection, 
and with faces aglow with joy and happiness they 
vanished. 

“ Later on in the day, the widow (Mrs. Campbell) 
said to me ‘ I am very glad my dear husband saw 

B-before he died ; it was natural that B- 

should come for him to take him to the angels, for 
they loved each other dearly. I shall now be able 
to think of them as always together and happy. 




DEATH-BED VISIONS 


113 


And when I receive my summons I know that they 
will both come for me.’ 

“ After I had left the hospital and had taken up 
private nursing I was engaged to nurse an old lady 
(Mrs. Barton, aged 60), who was suffering from a 
painful internal disease. She was a widow and 
her only daughter lived with her. . . . The time 
came when the end was very near. The mother 
had been for some time unconscious, and the 
daughter was kneeling by the bedside, weeping, 
her face buried in her hands. Suddenly two 
angels became visible to me, standing on either 
side of the bed. The face of one was that of a 
man who, when he departed from this life, was 
apparently about 60 years of age. His beard and 
hair were iron-grey ; but there was stamped on his 
features that indescribable something indicative of 
exuberant vitality and vigour, which shines forth 
from all angel faces I have seen, whether in other 
respects they present the semblance of youth or 
old. age. The face of the other angel was that of 
a woman, apparently some ten or fifteen years 
younger. 

" The dying woman opened her eyes, and into 
them there came that look of glad recognition I have 
so often observed in those whose spirits are about to 
be released for ever from their earthly tenements. 
She stretched forth her two hands. One angel 
grasped one hand and the other angel the other 
hand, while their radiant faces were aglow with 
the joy of welcoming to the better world her whose 
earthly pilgrimage was finished. 


114 


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“ ‘ Oh, Willie/ she exclaimed, ‘ you have come 
to take me home at last, and I am glad, for my 
sufferings have been hard to’ bear and I am very 
tired/ Then she added, ' And you too, Martha ! ’ 
With the joyous light still in her eyes her hands 
remained outstretched for perhaps half a minute. 
Then they seemed to slip from the grasp of the 
angels. All her sufferings were over. 

“ The daughter had raised her head at the sound 
of her mother’s voice, and her tear-dimmed eyes 
seemed to reflect something of the glad surprise 
depicted on her mother’s face. 

“ ‘ I can doubt no more after this,’ she said to 
me when her mother had breathed her last breath ; 
* I know that mother saw father and her sister, 
Aunt Martha. I know that they came to take her 
to her rest in heaven.’ 

" Eagerly she listened to me when I told her a 
little later how I had seen two angels depart with 
her angel mother. ‘ I believe it! I believe it! ’ 
she cried, ‘ but, oh, how I wish that I could have 
seen it too ! ’ ” 


INDEX 


Adams, Albert, case of, 93-95 
Angels have not wings, 62 
Auchterlonie, Mr., case of, 29, 30 
Author, views and design of, 
vii-xi 

B., Mrs., case of, 10-17 
Barrett, Lady, case seen by, 10- 

17 

Barrett, Sir William, views and 
design of, vii-xi 
Barton, Mrs., case of, 113 
Bennett, S. B., statement of, 70, 
7 i 

Besancon, A. R., statement of, 

31 

Birkbeck, Mrs., case of, 81-84 
Body, spiritual, 64, 105-114 
Bozzano, Professor, vii 
Britton, John, case of, at 
Haileybury, 99 
Brown, Mrs., case of, 29 
Browning, Louisa, case of, 44 
Bunyan, John, case related by, 
104 

Campbell, Mr., case of, in 
Canton, Miss R., statement of, 
30 

Carter, Mrs., statement of, 55 
Castle, Miriam, matron of 
hospital, statement of, 12, 

13 

Charlotte, case of, 74 
Children grow up in the after 
life, 61 

visions seen by, ix 
Chute, Lady Ellen, letter of, 44, 
45 

Clairvoyance : 

ambiguity of term, 3 
at death-bed by others than 
dying person, 73-80, 105- 
114 

travelling, defined, 81 
Cobbe, Miss, authoress of “ The 
Peak in Darien," 4, 25 
Collective hallucination, case of, 
35 

Cosgrave, Colonel, clairvoyance 
of, 73, 74 


Cox, Mercy, case of, 89-93 
Cree Indian, case of, 28 
Crosby, W. C., case reported by, 
76-80 

Cryptesthesia, definition of, 2, 3 

Dallas, Miss, cases contributed 

_ by, 43 

Dean —, experience of, 108 
De Morgan, Mrs., case related 
by, 47 

De Morgan, Professor, case of, 47 
Denison, Mrs. Flora Macdonald, 
statement of, 72 
D.E.W., experience of, 89-93 
Dryden, Allie, spirit of, 58 
Dryden, Daisy Irene, case of, 
56-67 

Durocq, M. Paul, case of, 22 
Dyer, Charles, case of, 49 

Editor, attitude of, vii, xi 
Edwards, Dr. Paul, statement 
of, 41, 42 

Ellis, Mr., case of, 87 
Ellis, Mr. Robert, case of, 88 
Evidence, cumulative character 
of, 3 

F. , Louise, case of, 36 

Fox, Miss and Mrs., case con¬ 
tributed by, 81-84 

G. , Mr., experience of, 105 

G. , Mrs., child of, case of, 45 
George, John, case of, 50 
Giles, case of, 32 
Gittermann, R. C., statement of, 

7i 

Goethe quoted, 9 
Goffe, Mrs., case of, 85 

H. , Miss, experience of, 75 
Hallucination : 

definition of, 15 
collective, case of, 35 
Hamilton, C. J. Hans, 22-24, 34 
Herschel, Sir John, quoted, 8 
Hodgson, Dr. R., 39-41 
Horder, Rev. W. G., case con¬ 
tributed by, 48 


1*5 



116 


DEATH-BED VISIONS 


Hutchinson, R., assistant 
matron, statement of, 28 
Hypnagogic visions, 16 
Hyslop, Dr., 17, 44, 51, 54 

Injuries cured in the after life, 61 

Jennie and Edith, case of, 17-19 
Julia X., case of, 102-104 

Kingsbury, Mr. B. B., case con¬ 
tributed by, 38 

Kinloch, Mrs., cases reported 
by, 32 , 33 

L., Mrs., case of, at Eton, 96-99 
Lazaro, Adamina and Alfredo, 
case of, 21, 22 
Lucidity, definition of, 3 

Macdonald, Rev. J. A., case 
reported by, 20 

Moody, Rev. Dwight L., case of, 
53 

Moore, James, case of, 54 
Mount Temple, Lord, case of, 
108 

Munn, Mrs. Shepherd, cases 
contributed by, 48-51 
Myers, F. W. H., 3, 4, 82 , 88 , 93 

Notari, Hippolyte, experience 
of, 76 

Ogle, J. A., case of, 20 
Ormsby, Dr. O. B., experience 
of, 93-95 

Pearson, Miss Harriet, case of, 35 
“ Phantasms of the Living,” 
viii, ix, 4, 5, 81, 82, 84, 89, 
93, 96 

Pike, R., author of “ Life’s 
Borderland and Beyond,” 
25, 26, 32, 45 , 47, 48 
Plumptre, Dr. E. H., case re¬ 
ported by, 26 

Podmore, F., views of, dis¬ 
cussed, 74 

Pollock, Rev. J. S., author of 
“ Dead and Gone,” 6 
Pratt, Dr. E. H., case reported 
by, 67 


Prediction of time of death, 65 
Premonitory apparitions, 33-41 
“ Psychica,” review, 33, 34 

Rochet, Professor, views of, 2 
Rogers, Mrs. Caroline, case of, 76 

Savage, Dr. Minot J., case re¬ 
ported by, 17-19 
Sidgwick, Mrs. Henry, quoted, 
6-8 

Singing heard by dying person, 
61 

Smedley, Alfred, statement of, 
53 

Snell, Mrs. Joy, experiences of, 
29, 30,109-114 
Spiritual body, 64, 105-114 
Spirits : 

clothes of, 63 
conversation of, 63 
Stirman, Laura, case of, 109 

Taylor, Rev. C. J., case reported 
by, 19 

Telecognosis, definition of, 4 
Telepathic theory, 16 
Telesthesia, definition of, 3 
Telopsis, definition of, 4 
Tench, G. H., case of, 70 
Tilson, Rev. T., letter of, 84-87 
Traubel, Horace, case of, 72 
Travelling clairvoyance defined, 
81 

Visions of living persons, viii 
hypnagogic, 16 

Warcollier, M., case contributed 
by, 22-24 

Webley, Mrs., case of, 102-104 
Wedgwood, H., case reported 
by, 24 

Whately, Archbishop, quoted, 5 
Whitman, Walt, spirit of, 72-74 
Wilberforce, Basil, quoted, 27 
Wilding, Mrs., case of, 50 
Williams, Mr., case of, 55 
Wilson, Dr., statement of, 54 
W r ilson, Mrs. Mary, nurse, 
experience of, 77-80 

Z., Mrs., experience of, 102 



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